For many, working from home is just another day. But for those who must either adapt to this new lifestyle or face unemployment, they’re struggling. While there are a number of benefits like greater flexibility and not having to commute, there are a ton of distractions, like eating, watching TV, or keeping the kids busy.
Despite these drawbacks, there’s simply no choice but to stay at home and try to focus on work. But there are some tips that have helped many workers to stay productive, punctual, and organized while maintaining the right work-life balance.
How to Maintain a Healthy Work Life Balance from Home
Check out these tips on how to keep the balance when working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Schedule your working hours
When working from home, it’s best to keep your work life close to what it was when you were in the office. This includes maintaining your work schedule. While this doesn’t necessarily have to mean being strict with the 9 – 5 life since you have more flexibility, but it should have some structure.
Choose a work schedule that works well with your personal one and share it with your roommates or family so they know not to bother you during these times. This way you can stay focused and productive at home without having to worry about personal responsibilities.
3. Share your work schedule with everyone
In addition to your roommates or family, share your work schedule with your supervisor and colleagues. Better yet, share the details with them, such as the dates and times of your meetings so they know the best time to reach you.
This also creates some accountability as people expect you to be working and to have things done by a deadline. You can also set up some ground rules in terms of how much “watercooler talk” to have with colleagues so you don’t stray away from responsibilities.
3. Dedicate a working space
In any normal setting, you have your own working space away from home, the place you sleep and relax. But during the COVID-19 pandemic you’ll need to be a little more creative.
Setting up shop in a home office, kitchen table, or just a chair is much better than your bed. When working in the place you sleep, you may find it challenging to fall asleep as your mind unconsciously mistakes it for your working space.
Also when setting a working space, it’s beneficial to set up some other desk items, like a coffee mug, pens, and a notebook. It can help you to be more productive.
4. Establish a morning routine
Working in pajamas can be tempting, especially when waking up and knowing nobody needs to see you. But changing into everyday clothes helps to change your mindset and is mentally preparing for the day ahead.
A morning routine also makes it easier to follow your normal workday routine, such as opening your email or posting on social media right away in the morning. Some people also like to eat breakfast and review the previous day’s work to help them prepare for the day.
5. Take frequent breaks
Many workers find themselves to be more productive at home without their coworkers’ conversations as distractions. So the hours go by without them noticing, and while this is great, a break is necessary.
One of the best ways to schedule breaks is to set a timer on your phone or laptop and to get up and take a walk when it rings. You should also limit the amount and duration of your breaks as the time can get away from you when scrolling on social media or reading the news.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated and eat healthy. It’s very tempting to pull junk food from the pantry and fridge when you’re a few feet away from them all day. But it’s crucial to resist the urge, choosing water over sugary drinks and fruits and vegetables over cookies, pretzels, chips, etc.
Schedule social interactions
Just because you’re working from home and not physically present with your coworkers doesn’t mean you’re no longer able to socialize with them.
You just have to schedule in the time.
Many companies opt for happy hours with their coworkers and/or touch base meetings in which they can talk about their tasks, goals, and weekend plans. It’s a great way to stay in touch and get in the social time whereas you may not get much over the weekend.
Get fresh air and continue to exercise
While stay-at-home orders urge everyone to avoid public spaces, you should still spend time outside and exercise, provided you are allowed to. But if you’re not, open a few windows and get some light exercise in at home.
While you don’t want it to be too strenuous, keep your body in shape using a few exercise videos online. You’ll find that many are free and available on YouTube.
Know when to be done
Just as you should maintain a working schedule, set a time to stop yourself and “go home”. This can be a challenge for many as they see they can use the commute time driving home to finish one last task.
But maintaining a set schedule is crucial to maintaining the work-life balance. Just as you should work, it’s important to relax and rest so you’re ready to be productive again the next day.
Take Care of the Office
While everyone’s working from home, thousands of offices and other workplaces are empty until the pandemic is over. If you are a business owner, you can utilize this time to prepare and sanitize the workspace for when your employees return.
One of the best ways to prepare is to work with a commercial cleaning company to provide disinfection services. When researching online, it’s important to choose a cleaning service that’s not only experienced but licensed, trained, and certified to ensure that all bacteria is removed while preventing cross-contamination.
Serving the Garland and Dallas, TX area, ServiceMaster of North Texas uses advanced cleaning products and the latest technology within our disinfection services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
Our technicians are also experienced and attend ongoing training sessions to maintain the best standards within the industry and protect the health and safety of your employees.
For more information on our disinfection services or to schedule a free estimate to clean and decontaminate your building, contact ServiceMaster of North Texas at (972) 840-8888 and we will be happy to help.