How to Achieve a Healthy Work-Life Balance While Working from Home During COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, many businesses have decided to let their staff work from the safety of their respective homes. However, for some, the new setting may make it challenging to separate the professional from the personal. Now that you are doing business at home, there is not a clear line that separates the two.

How can you continue to run your business at home while also prioritizing your personal well-being as well as spending quality time with your family?

Designate Tasks Effectively

Trust in the skills of the people around you and allow them to do the work that they are hired to do. You do not have to do everything on your own. While it is difficult to let go of control, many people are equally as, if not even more, capable than you.

If you want a healthy work-life balance, you need to learn how to assign responsibilities to the right people. That means hiring new employees or contractors to help you achieve your goals.

For example, Microtech IT support can provide you with computer and network services whenever you need them. You can also find a freelancer to do more mundane tasks like answering phones, setting appointments, or even picking up dry cleaning.

By designating tasks to the right people, you will get more time to do things that you love.

Create a Home Office

woman working on her laptop

When you are working at home, you do not have to use any available surface. Choose a quiet spot in your home with the least foot traffic and set up a desk free of clutter. That is where you will work for the duration of the pandemic.

Having a workstation will put you into a productive mindset, allowing you to concentrate on the tasks in front of you. This will prevent you from associating other parts of the house with work and vice versa.

Experts also recommend that you start dressing smartly while you work. Much like having a workstation, changing out of your pajamas will put you in the mood to work.

Moreover, ignore distractions. If you live with other people, ask them not to disturb you unless absolutely necessary. Keep small talk during your breaks and at the end of your shift.

Watch the Clock

It might be easy to lose track of time and spend the entire day working, especially if you live alone. Although by working at home, there are no bosses and coworkers disrupting you and reminding you to take breaks, you need to take a few minutes throughout the day to stretch your legs and eat your meals.

To prevent yourself from forgetting, schedule when you should stand up and walk a little around the house, to get a healthy snack, or eat your lunch. More importantly, when your shift is over, turn off your personal computer, and stop working.

At the end of the day, stop thinking about work and spend quality time with your family or relax while doing something that you like. There is time for business and time for pleasure. If you follow a schedule throughout the day, you will be able to separate your personal life from work.

Having a healthy work-life balance is necessary for your overall well-being. If your work has taken over your life, you are likely to experience stress, burnout, and become unhappy.

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