One of the biggest challenges when working from home is how to have a good work-life balance. Many of us make the mistake of working in the same space we relax, whether that means setting up a desk in your bedroom, or worse yet working from bed. Having a designated space where you can work can make a huge difference to your productivity and overall mental health. Likewise, there are things you might also have to keep an eye out when working from home, especially if you’re in a smaller space. Having good odor control, for example, can help ensure that your home office is pleasant to be in and that any bad smells don’t interrupt your workflow. Having good work hygiene in terms of when you start working and taking clear breaks is also really important when working from home. Keep reading to learn my top 3 ways to improve your quality of life while working from home.
1. Make a Proper Home Office
While it might seem cozy at first to work from bed, it’s a huge mistake and a slippery slope to get on. Creating a designated workspace in your home will make it easier to switch on and off between work modes. It will also help you relax when you’re not ‘in your office.’ Ideally your home office would be in a separate part of your home, but I know how expensive rent can be for an extra room and this might not be achievable for everyone. If you can’t have a separate workspace, I would suggest choosing your bedroom as your office as the absolute last choice. Try making an office in any small nook and cranny in your home, in your dining area, lounge room and then if nothing else works you can try the bedroom. Just be sure to choose somewhere that’s well lit, and if it’s not, then you should consider taking this opportunity to learn more about what could work well for your space.
2. Get Onto Odor Control
Having a bad odor in your home or workplace environment can make it really difficult to concentrate. When somewhere smells bad, it discourages us from wanting to be there. It can also help creative negative associations with working because subconsciously it reminds us of the bad smell. Odor control can be a really important part of being a business owner and can make a world of difference to your productivity and happiness if things are quite severe where you live.
3. Have a Normal Schedule
One of the things many people make the mistake of doing when they work for themselves, is not taking clear lunch breaks. Often they’ll try to work through as much as possible, perhaps finishing early or just trying to impress their bosses with their newfound productivity at home. However, this can be a really dangerous recipe for burnout. Many people who begin to freelance or work for themselves relish the independence of making their own schedule in the beginning, but most find their way back to a relatively normal schedule within a few months or years. Having breaks throughout the day is important for charging your batteries and to ensure you can be as productive as possible. Are you needing to boost your company’s SEO profile? Check out Rex Originals to learn more about their competitive SEO packages.
I hope these tips help you make the most of working from home while avoiding burnout and overwhelm so you can be your happiest and most productive.