Finding a Work Life Balance While Working from Home

When remote work first spiked, those of us who aren’t used to working from home were put in unusual situations. We had to train ourselves to separate our work life from our home life while spending a majority of our time in our house. Since then, the lines can sometimes continue to blur. Luckily, there are a few ways to help!

  1. Step away from your computer and even your office before and after work and especially on your lunch break.
  2. Plan out your workday and prioritize projects.
  3. Use your vacation time when you need to even if you’re not traveling.

How do you maintain a healthy work life balance?

How To Maximize Your Work Day

Let’s face it. Many of us have found ourselves so crammed with work that we don’t have time to enjoy our lives and families once we head home for the day. Here are some tips to tackle that disorganized workload.

  1. Make a to-do list the night before

This quick list can help you gain perspective for projects and assignments that will need attention the next day.

  1. Prioritize

Look at that to-do list you made the night before. Does anything have an upcoming deadline? Do your most important or time sensitive tasks first! It’s best to get these items out-of-the-way, so you won’t have to play catch-up.

  1. Prioritize some more!

This time, you will want to assess which items will require the most time. Do tasks that will take the longest amount of time first (unless of course it is an ongoing project). Smaller tasks that will take no longer than 5 minutes are the tasks you can be more flexible with.

  1. Time Block

Once you know which items top priority are, and which ones are not, it’s time to organize. Allot each item its own special time frame to be completed during the day. Creating your time blocks on paper or on a spreadsheet will give you the ultimate visual tool to help you feel on top of your tasks.

Just by following these tips, you may find that at the end of the day there is no work to take home! You can finally take your pup to that fun dog park or join your best bud at the movies. Everyone is happy, including you.

Establishing A Healthy Work-Life Balance

  1. Drive30 minutes
  2. Workeight hours
  3. Drive30 minutes
  4. Cook dinnerone hour
  5. Eatone hour
  6. Sleepeight hours
  7. Repeat | 52 weeks a year

Too many of us accidentally take for granted life and its greatness. We get trapped in an eventless routine where our lives revolve around excelling in our career and sleeping. We miss out on the beauty surrounding us and the moments spent with those close to us. This work-life imbalance can lead to higher stress levels and personal relationships deteriorating. However, if we prioritize a healthy work-life balance, we can overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed by our job and have a better quality of life.

Achieving a healthy work-life balance begins with scheduling time to enjoy yourself whether it is a vacation or a designated time for you to engage in activities you enjoy. How you spend this time is up to you whether it’s attending a yoga class with a friend, reading a book alone or playing board games with loved ones. As long as you are away from work and enjoying yourself, you’re doing it right.

Next, you should indulge yourself in the present as opposed to the future. Oftentimes we focus on the next task, the next deadline and the next day. This creates a constant sense of urgency and the inability to fully relax. Instead, during this scheduled time, it is best to detach yourself from technology, live fully in the moment and pay close attention to your senses and mood. Without the distraction of texts, emails and social media, you tend to notice more and feel more. While it is important to plan and ensure you are accomplishing goals, it is also important to take a minute to breathe and stay in the now.

With a healthy work-life balance, we become more productive, less stressed and overall happier beings. By trying to incorporate these simple moments into our lives, we can change our perspective on our quality of life.

How do you plan to better balance your career and personal life?