Where Work Ends and Home Begins
A Guide for Navigating Through the New Normal.
Throughout the pandemic, many of us, who were previously used to working in an office environment have had to get used to working from home, setting up home offices and acclimatising to a much quieter, or a much livelier workplace setting than we may typically be used to.
When so much is happening under one roof, it is so important that we know where work ends and home begins.
Just as we had a routine working in the office, we should have a routine whilst working from home, to ensure we get the most fulfilment from our days.
A healthy and well you is key as is taking time for yourself, your family and loved ones and time to unwind and relax after a great day’s work.
Whilst there is not a one size fits all approach and navigation through the new normal will be unique to each household, the following guide can be used for all as a template as to how to know where work ends and home begins.
Create a Schedule
It's important to line up your day with intention, setting office hours and aims for what you would like to accomplish each day. One of the great benefits of working from home is the flexibility, allowing us to jump on our most creative and flowing moments and easing up when we feeling a blockage and just need a tea.
Structure is important for our work-days and these do not have to be rigid. This allows for prioritisation, time management and sustaining energy levels, motivation and positive wellbeing. Whilst the structure will have definite change in comparison from work from office there are still key timeframes we can set.
- Work start time
- X minutes each day to be spent outdoors
- X minutes each day set aside for exercise
- X minutes each day to be tech free
- Coffee breaks just for you
- Virtual tea rooms with colleagues
- Work end time
Having a designated work space can be key to not letting work take over the home. Opening and closing the door on this space each day can create a feeling of peace within the home. The living room for example remains a place to relax for self, home and family.
Prioritisation and teamwork
Now more than ever is the time for teamwork and prioritisation.
Check in with one another regularly, via zoom tea breaks and virtual vending machines.
Make a list of key tasks that you need to get through each day and try thinking about what important tasks you can do during quieter periods.
Set dedicated time each day for designated breaks. If possible, time just for you. Try to take some time for yourself, even if it’s just for a cup of tea and a quiet five minute break.
It’s easy to get a overly chilly in the winter months, especially if you’re trying to keep the cost of heating bills as low as possible. Instead of having the boiler on 24/7, make sure you have a cosy jumper on and remember to keep the doors closed in the house. You could even make yourself a hot water bottle and sit with it on your knee.
Now that the days are shorter it’s important that you get plenty of time outside. When we are working from home, it can be easy to spend a full day inside, with no reason to go out. But it’s very important that you spend at least a little time outside during daylight hours, as this can improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
Keeping different roles within the house separate i.e. Mum VS Businessperson. Allow yourself to give your full concentration for a set amount of time. Without this you are at risk of feeling like you are doing neither well (even when you are doing a fantastic job at both).