Most of us can agree that working from home comes with a lot of benefits. Not having to worry about hitting traffic during your commute or sitting in a tiny cubicle can be very refreshing, but with more freedom comes more responsibility. Finding the remote work-life balance isn’t always easy.
From taking less breaks to feeling more overwhelmed, working from home comes with it’s own set of challenges. While there can be a lot to gain from working from home, knowing the best way to navigate this situation can look a lot like a seesaw ride between the various aspects of your own life. Luckily, there are some easy things you can start implementing right away to help mitigate the home office blues.
Read on for some tips on how you can start creating better boundaries for your work and home life.
Three ways to improve your remote life
Here we separate three things you can do to improve your ability to separate work from home when everything happens under one roof.
Create more balance with a fake commute
One of the biggest challenges to working from home is not having as clear of a separation between time to work and time to do things at home around the house. Creating a fake commute is a great way to do this.
You can start by giving yourself anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour before the time you are supposed to clock in, and use that time to do something productive that is not work related like decluttering your workspace or doing something you enjoy like reading the news or listening to a podcast.
This allows you to take some time to begin to make the switch between work and homelife more clearly and feel more in sync with your priorities based on the time of day, and which activities you’re focusing on.
Ditch multitasking and switch to deep work
Another major challenge that many people face is feeling overwhelmed with jumping from doing personal and professional tasks all the time. Making the transition from multitasking to deep work is a great way to reduce any stress or anxiety surrounding the need to do everything all at once.
The reality is that you can only do one thing at a time, and adding on more tasks only serves to lower the quality of your performance. Some examples of how you can switch to deep work mode are by working with no distractions for a solid twenty minutes at a time, with five minute breaks in between.
For more information on how you can improve your productivity and relationship with a remote work job, check out the infographic below.