Top 8 tips to Balance Home Office and Work OfficeElena Jumrukovska – 20 Apr 2017
Balancing work office and home office is a ceaseless struggle for everyone.
In many ways, working from home is harder than committing to an office. At the office,
you’d have built-in boundaries and routines that would ensure a more productive, less
distracting workplace. At home, you have none of that. You have only the boundaries
you create. You are in charge of defining and managing your work-life balance. And
that is not easy. Even if you’re organized, it can still be difficult to successfully manage
your career and a household in the same space, especially if you’re raising a family, too.
Draw line between Home Office and Work Office
Here are few tips on how to set few boundaries when working from home:
- Start with drawing the line between personal and professional. You don’t have to
wear a suit or heels, of course, but don’t stay in your pajamas, either. Dressing in
clothes that you would wear at your work office helps you get into the mindset of
- Set office hours: You may not work 9-5, but it’s important to establish office hours.
Make sure your family and clients are aware of your work hours, and, most of all,
be sure you respect them.
- Working from home can create a disconnect; both with a “typical” work structure
and the team. It’s important to be connected with the team and communicate
effectively. Also it’s equally important to shut off when the day is over. If you’re
available all hours of the day, it will quickly become an expectation and work-life
balance will be nonexistent.
- Don’t eat lunch at your desk. When you take a lunch break, leave your office and
eat in another part of your home. Changing your scenery and physically removing
yourself from your work will help to clear your mind.
- Don’t use other parts of your home for business on a regular basis. If you have
a favorite chair where you sit and read or watch television, don’t use it for work.
After a while, you won’t feel that it’s a place for you to relax and get away. Use
your office for business-related activities only.
- When you work from home, you’re constantly forced to switch mentally from
work mode to family mode within minutes. Minimize distractions. Boundaries
will help you reduce stress and increase productivity, in turn boosting your
income and promoting good health. Do not let house chores interfere with the
tasks at hand and the times that are allotted for work.
- You still need to take breaks so that you don’t find yourself working nonstop for a
long period of time. Know when to stop working. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able
to stop working.
- Create a schedule. Don’t just put together a to-do list, go a step further and
establish a schedule for your workday. For example, if you’re planning on working
for eight hours, allot an estimated time for each project or task — even the big
projects — you’ve got on your to-do list.
When you have your office at your home, you have to do lot of stuff to get work done,
when you have work office, the only thing you have to do when leaving from work is to
close your laptop and enjoy the rest of the evening with your family.
Co-working brings the best out of people
A coworking space will allow you to keep your work office and home office separate.
Working at home makes it extremely difficult to separate the two. Co-working forces
you to stick to a more efficient work schedule and focus in a distraction-free environment.
You will also discover your motivation for work spiked, as everyone in your space is fixated
on success, ultimately boosting productivity and helping you flourish.
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