Even though most of us feel like our lives have returned to normal since 2020, many aspects of life around the world have radically changed. The most obvious of these might be the workplace. According to the Pew Trust, six out of 10 workers in the US are still working from home. Roughly the same number choose to work from home. For many, this transition brings its challenges. But there are strategies to make life at home more fulfilling and productive.
Turn off work mode
The most prominent hill to climb marks a firm boundary between working hours and home time. While it’s true that employers appreciate the flexibility remote workers bring to the organization, it’s tempting to check texts or email for those working from home. Boundaries are crucial in life, and the most critical boundary for remote workers is drawing that boundary in the sand.
During the pandemic, students complained that they sat in front of a computer for over seven hours of class plus an hour or three to do homework. This 24/7 mentality isn’t healthy for kids and it’s not appropriate for those of us who live from a home office.
One suggestion to counteract this is to set the alarm clock exactly when you plan to finish work each day. This can remind us that the day is not all work. Another option is to set up voicemail that will indicate what times you are available for callers. It is important to shift our mindset from work to rest; But it is just as important to spend our free time without thinking about work.
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Beat the time crisis
Burnout is common when working from home. We may feel the stress of being on the alert and trying to meet a deadline while longing for our time to relax.
As the leader of a company, employees need to establish their working hours and firm boundaries. When employees can manage their office hours and set those limits, they are healthier and happier. These are simple steps that will keep employees on the job while keeping everyone productive. Who hasn’t had a brilliant idea while hiking, skiing or just meeting friends for dinner and an intense conversation? It is important to treat employees as whole people, and it is equally important that we treat ourselves as such.
Lists and schedules are also great ways to stay on track. Staying organized can give us the more personal time we crave, even when we meet work deadlines. Sketching out a layout of the day on paper, even in a journal or on a whiteboard, can help us use time efficiently. Seeing our lists shrink to the last item can be rewarding and help us transition to needed time off from work.
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Improvise the workspace
Many of us feel that our home office lacks personality and efficiency. When that happens, it might be time for an overhaul. Working in a messy space like a messy living room or kitchen can be distracting. It’s important to have a place where we can feel productive and stress-free.
Working from home is too quiet for some. In this case, white noise or an inspirational playlist can help. Music is an effective stress reliever and can help with learning and focus.
Good light and the right office furniture can make all the difference in how our bodies feel when we cross the finish line of the day. Standing or rotating tables can contribute to comfort and efficiency. The well thought-out design of the workplace – the lighting, plants, the right desk and chair as well as the right equipment – ensures a positive atmosphere in everyday work and gives us the necessary energy for all the plans that we have in our free time.
keep the energy
Stress can take over at any time. Scheduling breaks is vital for mind and body. Every moment of our time is precious so that we can be whole, healthy and free to participate in everything we do – at work or not. These breaks can be as simple as getting some fresh air or spending a few minutes in nature. Even in a high-rise apartment, there is usually a rooftop area or courtyard to enjoy the blue sky or smell the flowers in bloom.
The therapeutic effects of nature need not be a wilderness experience. Gardening isn’t just for living on large estates. Indoor plants, flowers or vegetables from your own garden can be cared for indoors or on the balcony. Devotion to nature calms the mind and helps create a sense of accomplishment. Contact with nature can make it easier to return to work.
Structure and planning determine the day
Preparation is key to staying in control of our time at work and play. It is important to choose a time before the workday to prepare. Remote work means teams from all over the world come together to get things done.
Whenever we work, we can start our “day” with personal tasks, such as B. walking the dog or eating a quick breakfast. After that, it’s time to tidy up and organize the workspace. This could be a time to create the day’s to-do list or review replies to emails sent the previous day. Developing a strategy before the game is the key to productivity. This strategy can prevent the feeling that work “never ends” since we’ve taken control of our schedule.
Another critical strategy is affirmations. The role that positivity plays in our lives cannot be overstated. This could be as simple as saying out loud, “This is going to be a great day!” or “I believe in you!” or “I’ll be productive today!”
Positive mantras can help us stay focused and motivated. We can detach from the day’s work by saying, “You did your best!” What we tell ourselves will resonate with our body. This makes the transition back into private life meaningful and something to look forward to while we work.
Dress for success
The way we dress is part of how we see ourselves and can affect our mental health. It’s important to strike a balance between dressing for productivity and professionalism and dressing for the comfort of working from home. In an article summarizing the findings of mental health advisors, an author at the University of Edinburgh reported that good hygiene and clothing choices may affect our mental attitude.
Wearing workwear that provides comfort can affect work productivity and attitudes. The distinction between professional workwear and home wear makes it easier to switch between work and leisure.
See also: Why you still need to dress for success
Let’s get ready
Meal prep is a fantastic way to save time and make your workday smooth. manufacturing Several meals ahead of time can create more time throughout the day to get work done. The internet is full of recipe suggestions for those struggling on what to prepare. Consider using a slow cooker or crockpot to prepare early. The healthiest meals often take just minutes on the stovetop and few ingredients. Finding an effective storage system is also important. Freezing and refrigerating leftovers can save the day when we’re pressed for time and can’t leave the desk for long.
Also see: 12 ways to eat healthy no matter how busy you are
Make celebrations routine
Celebrate the end of the day with a nightly routine. A late night jog, a soothing face mask, a walk in the park, or a bowl of ice cream—even meeting friends at a restaurant—can help our mental attitude.
As more of us transition to remote work, self-care is paramount to our personal lives and productivity. Feeling confident, creative, and rested throughout the day can help us grow as individuals and make ourselves a more valuable part of the team as we learn to celebrate and embrace all the roles we play in life.