Working from home sounds ideal, until the onslaught of distractions hit and procrastination feels inevitable. Work life balance at home depends on you getting your work done, so you can move onto other things. What you don't need is another app to help you manage your time, adding to the digital distractions that already abound while working at home.
At times your focus is there, but other times you probably struggle getting half the work done in the same time. The underlying problem isn't procrastination, but rather the mind and body falling out of sync. To be productive mentally, your body must be optimized for it.
Unfortunately, sitting at a desk for hours each day doesn't help. Research shows that too much sitting works against optimal brain function and can even be physically harmful.
1. Avoid Multitasking
Multitasking can become a habit when you work from home in the attempt to balance work with everything going on at home. While tempting when you're in a rush, research shows multitasking doesn't actually work.
Block out your work time and clear away distractions when it's time to work. You'll find you work much faster letting your brain focus on one thing at a time.
2. Declutter Your Workspace Frequently
Color and lighting in our environment changes the way we feel, if even at an unconscious level.
So does clutter. Organizing and decluttering your home workspace is an important part of balancing work and home. Make sure your work things stay at your desk or the room you use for work. Use labels, files and other organization tools to make sure you know where everything is at your desk. It'll save you the time and stress looking for things. Plus, decluttering can even improve your mental clarity.
3. Take Care of Your Health
Taking breaks for exercise and choosing healthy foods can keep you going while you juggle working at home with the rest of your life. There are bound to be groggy mornings and sluggish afternoons, but habits that recharge your mind and body go a long way.
Getting up from your desk frequently is important. You might have heard of standing desks as a healthier ergonomic alternative to traditional ones. While it's not practical for everyone as a full-time desk, Ergonomyx has incorporated standing as an option in its smart desk. This desk lets you stand or sit, automatically adjusting. With a plan for your health and strategies to keep procrastination at bay, you can prevent burnout and conflicts between your work schedule and life.