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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.

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