It can be hard to know how to maintain a divide between work and life, especially if you work from home. It’s so important to be able to switch off your work life, otherwise it can be so draining. If you don’t give yourself the chance to switch off, you also won’t be able to go back to work feeling refreshed after a break. Whether you work at home or in an office, we are constantly connected to work through emails, instant messaging and social media, and if you let it, it could take over your life. So, here are a few tips to enable you to enjoy your time away from work which will in turn make you more productive.
Set Work Hours
Whether you work at home or in an office, setting working hours for yourself is key to managing a work life balance. Of course, we all have busy days/weeks where our set hours might go out the window, but do everything in your power to stick to your hours, otherwise you may tell yourself ‘just 5 more minutes’ and end up being stuck at your desk for another few hours. If you work from home, sit down at the start of your week, look at what you have planned, and create a strict schedule for the week. One of the benefits of working from home is the flexibility, but it can take over if you don’t plan well. To make sure you’re not going over your hours, prioritise your work from urgent and important down to neither urgent nor important, meaning you get what you need done without pushing yourself over the limit.
Play to Your Strengths
A great strength in a good worker is being able to delegate tasks. If you put too much pressure on yourself to do everything, you won’t perform to the best of your ability, and you will find it so much harder to get everything done. If this happens, it is likely you won’t keep your work within your office hours. Pick your strengths and outsource what you need to.
Plan Your Free Time
Just as you plan your work hours, take time to plan your free time. Making time for things you enjoy like hobbies, exercise or socialising is really important for your mental and physical health, and this is a huge element of maintaining a great work life balance. You deserve time to step away from work and enjoy yourself. This will help you to be energised and refreshed ready for either the next day or next week at work.
Don’t Let Work Issues Interfere With Life
When you have a dispute at work, it can really take its toll. There’s nothing worse than worrying about an argument or disagreement and dreading going back to work, but it’s so important to try and leave work at work. If a dispute is ever really getting in the way of your home or working life, then contact dispute resolution lawyers and Manchester solicitors to resolve your issues. Otherwise, contact your management team to ensure that any issues can be resolved.