Posted on 08, April, 2020
Last Modified on 10, April, 2020
Working remotely comes with amazing perks, right? No commute, more flexibility… wearing sweatpants and slippers at your desk. What could be better? As we all adjust to full-time work from home, we may be realizing that maintaining some semblance of balance is one of the biggest challenges telecommuting presents. So, I thought I would share some guidance on how to manage Work From Home (WFH)… without burning out or losing work-life balance.
Please Remember: We are all working from home – not living at work.
I think we can all agree full-time WFH can blur the boundaries between your personal and professional life? It’s easy to let self-care go out the window… and you may find yourself overworking to continuously feel productive by doing things like:
• Rationalizing checking just one more task off your “to-do list”, only to look up and see hours have passed
• Sitting in front of the TV answering emails, even though you’re supposed to be decompressing
• Finding yourself thinking about work around-the-clock, including when you’re with family... all of this is an absolute recipe for losing work-life balance and burnout
Yes, the ability to WFH is associated with greater job satisfaction, however research also finds that remote workers are more likely to go beyond normal hours and put in more effort than is required. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, as many of us as possible are working from home.
We found ourselves going from working in the office with our teams and sharing our working spaces, to completely working by ourselves overnight. It can be a huge transition and requires that we pivot how we manage our workloads... and ourselves.
So – how do we disconnect when we lack the physical separation of leaving the office behind? Here are a few actions everyone can take to WFH without losing work-life balance: