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8 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

By: Katie Pownall

During the past few months, more and more people were asked to work from home. Even though this change was initially received with enthusiasm, many employees quickly realized how difficult it is to separate their personal and professional lives. When working from home, it is easy to get immersed in tasks, thus neglecting your social life.

In this article, you are going to learn eight ways to improve and maintain your work-life balance.

1. Prioritize the Tasks You Need to Do

The first thing that will help you avoid stressing out about your daily tasks is to prioritize them. Decide which ones are the most urgent and important ones, and make sure that you start with them. Then, you can move to the less important tasks.

Pro tip: Try out the Pomodoro Technique to improve your productivity and time management!

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2. Know Which Are Your Most Productive Hours

It is the truth that every human can function better at some specific hours each day. For example, some people can work the best in the morning, while others can concentrate more during the evening. For this reason, it is important to recognize when you are the most productive so that you take advantage of these hours to get some work done.

3. Set Specific Work Hours

The trick to maintain a work-life balance is to stick to a schedule. Set your work hours and try to stick to them, even though you might feel that work is piling up. It is important to get rest and self-care time so that you don’t get burnt out.

4. Create a Morning Routine

Another trick to help your mind get prepared for a workday at home is to slowly enter that mindset. For instance, you can create a routine that will help you focus during the following hours. Many people have found that exercising and meditating can be really helpful in getting ready for work.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Unplug

Working from home means that you might experience a lot of frustration and mismanagement of your time. When the situation gets overwhelming, don’t hesitate to unplug and take a break that will help you ease your mind.

6. Alter Your Workspace to Help You Focus

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Chances are that you have decorated your home without having thought that you might use it as an office. For this reason, you might now have a workspace that helps you focus. If this is the case, try to redecorate or alter your workspace so that there are no distractions around. By adding decorations like plants or art, your workspace can become a space you actually want to spend time at.

7. Explore the Co-Working Option

Co-working can really be a solution to maintaining a work-life balance. If you find it difficult to separate your work life from your personal, then finding a space to work with others will benefit you significantly. One of the main benefits of coworking is having a workspace outside of your home. Just this alone gives you much greater work-life balance and helps to separate your personal and professional life.

8. Make Time for Your Social Life

Apart from the necessary self-care time, you should also remember to include some time for your social life in your schedule. Socializing will help you relax and forget your day-to-day stress. However, it is important to specifically set a time and date for this as many people tend to forget how important their social life is.

When working from home, time management is essential, and with these tips, you can keep your work-life balance. If you don’t have enough space in your apartment, co-working is an effective option.

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