With many of us working from home due to the pandemic, we’ve had to adjust our work routines to fit the new normal and carry on in our professional responsibilities. Working from home has come with its own set of benefits and drawbacks; maybe you’re seeing a noticeable increase in workload, or finding it difficult to adjust your working practices to manage what you need to get done. Whatever your situation, if you find the “new working normal” is starting to negatively affect your emotions outside of working hours, you’re not alone.
The good news is that there are measures to put in place which will reinforce your work/life boundaries and help get you back to reclaiming how you think and feel about working from home. Here are 3 tips to beat the “work at home blues.”
1. Be Deliberate in Where & When Work Happens
The change came quick, and once the initial shock of what was going on outside our homes started to wear off, we had to adjust to a new working norm just as quickly. With that, the definition of the line between “me at home”, and “me at work” may have gone out of the window.
This means that the boundaries between work life and home life likely need to be reinforced. Having a dedicated room or space where work happens is the first step in this process. But if this isn’t possible, and you are forced to work in the kitchen or bedroom, try putting your equipment away at the end of the work day or throwing a towel or blanket over your workstation. This way, outside of working hours, the kitchen stays as a place where we unwind and cook, and our bedrooms don’t become our boardrooms! That was bad, sorry…