If you are lucky enough not to find yourself easily distracted while working from home, you may run the risk of falling into another common trap – losing your work/life balance. Finding the right balance between the two can be tricky at the best of times, but when you are working from home, it is even more challenging.
Once your working day is done and you’ve wrapped up your calls, emails, and tasks, switch off your PC and give yourself time to relax and unwind. Where possible, try to avoid working late into the evening – this includes checking emails! – and treat your home office just like your normal office. Once you’ve left for the day, you’re off the clock and free to delve into your home life. This should help to separate your work life and your private life and protect against excess stress or burnout.
It’s also important to allow yourself time for a proper lunch break and other short breaks throughout the day. Sitting at your desk all day will most likely leave you sore, restless, and struggling to focus, so don’t feel guilty about getting up to make a drink, stretch your legs, or chat to your family occasionally. After all, striking the right balance is one of the keys to working from home successfully.