How to separate work and personal life when you’re working remotely
Now that a lot of us are working remotely, the work/life boundary has become very blurry, very quickly. So here's what I've learnt from this way for the last few months to keep the work and personal life separate:
- Get dressed as if you’re going to work. Working in PJ’s is nice but your mind still thinks you’re in sleep mode.
- Have a space that is dedicated to work, even if it’s a small space. No, the sofa does not count.
- Start and finish work at the same time every day if you can.
- When you finish work, really finish. No taking quick peeks at your emails or thinking about things you need to do tomorrow. Here's where a switch off work ritual can help. This one's important because thinking about work after work is a fast route to burnout. Here are some ideas:
Get changed into the old but comfy top/bottoms you wouldn’t want to be seen in.
Write a “done” list - a list of all the things you did that today for a sense of achievement rather than “did I do enough today?”
Write your "to do" list for tomorrow, this will help you switch off for the evening rather than spend the rest of the evening ruminating.
Get moving after sitting at a desk all day by doing a stretching routine, online exercise class or go for a quick walk if you can avoid people.