As the days start to feel longer and motivation begins to dwindle as you work remotely, you may be wondering how to draw the line between work and your personal life.
Like many others who are working from home, you may have found yourself less able to focus throughout the day or dragging your workload into the later hours of the night. You want to be more productive but don’t know where to start. Fortunately, there are a few easy changes you can make so you can remote work – and finish work – like a pro.
Create a morning and ‘home time’ routine.
Replace your commute with a routine to let your mind know when it’s time to switch on or off. Try changing into ‘work clothes’ before work and changing out of them at the end of the day. Changing your outfit acts as a cue for your brain to get in or out of work mode.
You can also try taking a short walk outside. This helps to prepare your brain for work as the blood flow wakes you up or clears your mind after work so you can relax appropriately when it’s time to wind down.
Have a designated workspace.
Having a designated workspace can put you in the right mindset to take on the day. The key is to make sure you can sit comfortably and be free from as many distractions as possible. This will help you stay focused. So, sitting on the couch or using the kitchen counter is probably not the best choice.
Maintain communication but don’t spend too long doing it.
It goes without saying that you should maintain communication with your colleagues to work effectively as a team. What people don’t talk about is how much time they spend replying to messages or emails. In the office, it’s easy to give a quick ‘yes’ or ‘no’, or make a short comment to someone sitting next to you; when working remotely, you need to send a message. This is why you’re probably receiving more notifications than usual.
Take note of how long you’re taking to respond and don’t think too hard about it. Keep it simple and clear.
Be mindful of how your body feels.
Sitting comfortably is crucial for your musculoskeletal health. If you’re sitting awkwardly, you’re creating potential damage to your spine and you may be cutting off blood circulation from parts of your body. Lack of blood flow to your brain reduces your ability to focus.
Some things you can do to avoid this include choosing a chair that can swivel and is adjustable. It’s also recommended that you get up regularly to stretch. You can learn more about healthy work habits from another one of our blog posts here.
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