5 Tips for A Better Work-Life Balance, While Working from Home During the Pandemic

By November 28, 2020March 1st, 2022Blogs, Employee Assistance ProgramViews: 247

The year 2020 has been a ton load of all things unexpected. From having longed for unlimited
work-from-home a year ago, today most of us yearn to go back to our “normal” routines, but alas!
Considering the personal safety and safety of those around us, working from home seems to be the best
option at the moment.

While some have adapted fabulously to the indefinite Work-from-home, some find it all the more
stressful, with the boundaries between professional and personal lives having become almost
non-existent.

To help you settle down better, and have a better balance between work and the home front,
presenting to you a few great but simple tips that may come in handy

  1. A Dedicated Workspace:

Set up a space that you would use only for work, however small that space is. It would be
best if your workspace is not superimposed on your personal space that is meant for
relaxation. Make space for your coffee (or beverage of your choice) mug, notebooks, and
other stationery you may need. Doing this would help you stay more focused while at work
and more at ease while you relax.

  1. Draw boundaries and set expectations:

Decide on your working hours and ensure that your team is aware of the same. Beginning
and ending your work at these stipulated times not only helps you set expectations but also
ensures that you have a regular routine. Make sure that you disconnect as soon as you are done
with your work. Keeping your work-related devices at a place that is not within easy reach further
helps with the temptation of checking that mail that came in just as you were logging off.
(Probably saving you another 2 hours you may spent more at work!)

  1. Take breaks:

While at work, we have colleagues and teammates who ensure that we step away from our
desks and systems for a break, even if it’s just for a few minutes. At home, however, the chances
of us losing track of time are at an all-time high. Set reminders to take a 5- or 10-minute break
every two hours, move around a bit, and take a few sips of water. Resist looking into your
mobiles during these times and instead step out for a breath of fresh air. This can help you
clear your mind, feel more relaxed, and lower your stress levels, helping you get back to work
refreshed.

  1. Maintain a to-do list:

Create a To-do list that you can access from all your devices. If there’s something that you
remember to do, even as you relax, update your to-do list so you can refer to it when you
next get to work. Having an accessible to-do list helps you prioritize your order of work and
keep track of all that you need to accomplish. Not only does it give you a clear picture of
your day, but a to-do list also gives you a sense of purpose and a sense of accomplishment that
does wonders to your mental well-being.

  1. Staycations:

Many of us have been putting off utilizing our paid leaves, owing to the fact that we’re
already home and don’t feel the need to take a day off. While working from home does have
its perks, taking a day or two off; can do wonders for your psyche and your physical health.
While travelling is definitely off the agenda, for now, you could always opt for staycation and
spend time with family or friends, guilt-free!

Also, remember not to go too hard on yourself if a day went bad, the next day definitely ought to be
better. Include physical activity in your daily routine and try eating at least two healthy meals.
These tips are simple by themselves but can make a world of difference in helping you maintain a
sound work-life balance.

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