With the spread of COVID-19, the world has been forced to adapt to an ever changing landscape. As many of us leave traditional offices behind, we are now confronted with how to complete our daily routines from home. So, as work from home becomes the new norm, how do we create boundaries between work life and personal life, while making the most of our work from home spaces?
As experts in design and creating beautiful living spaces, Crown Pavilions is offering up their top 5 ways to make working home more sustainable.
1. Stick to a Schedule
While working from home may bring a new sense of flexibility to your life, maintaining a consistent schedule is vital in maximizing your productivity. Without a schedule, many of us find ourselves working at odd hours or keeping inconsistent work time frames. Having a clear set of guidelines of when to work, without the setting of a traditional office, makes it easier to maintain a work-life balance. As you would in a typical workday, set an alarm to wake up, schedule breaks (i.e. dedicate an hour to eat lunch or workout), and start each day by reviewing the tasks you need to complete, and the time frame you need to complete them in.
2. Create a dedicated workspace
Having a space in your home that is dedicated to work is vital in separating work and home life. If you can create a space that is comfortable, quiet, and equipped with everything you need, it will allow you to focus on what you’re doing and be productive while at home. If you have the space, consider creating a garden home office. Garden spaces allow you to separate your home and work space, while offering the luxury of working in a beautiful and relaxed environment.
3. Stay Connected
For many of us, the biggest cons of working from home are that it makes us feel less connected. In and out of work, human interaction matters. In order to aid this, schedule video calls and make time to socialise virtually. Like you would schedule in your work day, schedule your social time as well.
4. Take Breaks
While working at home can mean it’s more challenging to break up the day, maintaining a healthy balance means allowing yourself to take breaks. Research shows that time away from screens can actually allow for reduced stress, a steadier performance, and more productivity throughout the day.
5. Dedicate Time to Wind Down
Log out, pack up, change locations – whatever you need to do to signal the end of the workday. Providing yourself with a window of time that represents the end of the workday, is equally important in ensuring productivity the next day. Having an end of day routine, where you step away from work, unwind, and recharge is incredibly important in ensuring you’re in a good headspace to start the next day in a good headspace.