Here we are. The home is currently the new office whether we have chosen this or not. It’s important to put measures in place to ensure that you monitor your health and wellbeing. Is there adequate light and air in your workspace and are you taking regular breaks from you desk throughout the day? However, these physical checks are only a small part of the necessary health check.
Many of us now have additional responsibilities and maybe fewer outlets and opportunities to discuss our workloads. I would certainly reinforce point 2 below and urge you to be transparent with employers about your levels of work. We need a healthy work and life balance and should have the chance to exercise during the day and catch up with loved ones. In my opinion the saved commuting time should be reinvested into taking some walks for up to an hour in our local parks and streets.
The tips below are relevant now for any remote worker who is finding it difficult to compartmentalise their days and weeks.
- Take breaks throughout the day – by taking a walk or moving away from your computer for a short spell you can reinvigorate your day. Actively seeking to disconnect from work helps you to re-focus and produce improved results.
- Learn to say no – If you are feeling consumed by work attempt to delegate and say no on occasion. By opening up to your manager you will reduce anxiety and manage their expectations of what one individual can achieve.
- Draw a line under your working day – If you are a home-worker turn off the computer and close the study door when you finish your work. Changing clothes and showering can further assist you to ‘wash away’ the day’s stresses and strains. Phones should also be used sparingly after a suitable time of the day.
By managing your work and life balance you’ll naturally reduce anxiety and find time for relaxing with loved ones. The benefits that this can have on your personal wellbeing and careers are remarkable. We all need to look after ourselves more and be realistic with what we can currently achieve. Through this we can enjoy our work and live life to the fullest.