Remote working is the norm for countless employees, but how to maintain that vital work/life balance?

Thanks to a combination of world events and advances in technology, remote working has been an increasingly popular option for businesses in recent times. When the Coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, remote working went from being an emerging trend to a necessity in many sectors. And despite businesses having reopened months ago now, many organisations have chosen to keep remote working as their go-to method of operations.

It isn’t hard to see why. As the cheaper, more flexible and more convenient option for employers and employees alike, remote working has plenty of advantages, but it also comes with its share of risks.

In 2019, Buffer conducted a survey which asked participants to identify their biggest struggle with remote working. While loneliness, distractions at home and staying motivated were high on the list, number one was struggling to unplug after work.

Working from home can make it difficult to draw a line between your work life and your social life, with one bleeding into the other. It’s important to maintain a distinction between the two even when your office is at home. With that in mind, here are our top tips for unplugging from work when you work remotely.

Create a designated workspace

When you work from home, it’s all too easy to allow work to infiltrate every aspect of your home, but even if your office is located in your house, you should still try to separate your work and leisure spaces as much as possible. Rather than carrying your laptop from the sofa to the bed, create a dedicated workspace that you can ‘travel’ to when it’s time to log on.

Whether it’s a home office or just a desk in the spare bedroom, having this space will help you set clear boundaries, while also giving you the quiet and privacy you need to work hard.

Make a schedule (and stick to it)

One of the main perks of remote working is being able to operate on a more flexible schedule. However, this shouldn’t mean that things are done haphazardly, with no sense of order. Having a clear work schedule – and clear work hours – not only allows you to switch off at the end of a shift, but also means you’ll be more focused on the task at hand when you are working.

Work when you’re working, and relax when you’re not. This will give you a much healthier balance than trying to tackle the odd task if and when it pops up.

Turn off notification outside of work hours

When you’ve told your staff that you’re signing off for the day, don’t be tempted to jump back on when you see an email ping up on your phone. If this temptation is too much for you to ignore, switch off your notifications when you aren’t in work hours.

Many workers experience anxiety about leaving an email until the morning, even if they receive it well after signing off time. This is especially true if you’re the business owner and feel an obligation to be available at all hours. But giving yourself the space to enjoy your free time will make your efforts during work hours even greater.

Step outside

Your free time is the time when you’re allowed to be away from your desk, so use it to, well, get away from your desk. Both at lunchtime and at the end of the day, it’s a good idea to get out in the fresh air to freshen up and re-energize. This can help to reinvigorate you for the rest of the day, or represent you drawing a line between the end of your shift and the start of your free time.

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