With times changing and the current shift in the world being towards more remote working, it can be quite overwhelming to be balancing both your home and work life in the same environment.
How do you manage working from home?
This is a question we have often been asked since we started running our tea company from home.
There are a lot of perks when working from home such as unlimited cups of tea and not having a commute (which is better for the environment).
However we fell into a couple of big traps when we first started working from home; mainly multi-tasking and not being able to relax and switch-off from work because it is still staring at you...even when you think you've finished!
Successfully working from home is a skill, just like programming, designing or writing. It takes time and commitment to develop that skill. – Alex Turnbull
So, in line with Mental Health Awareness Month, we thought we'd share our top 5 tips for keeping a healthy work/life balance whilst you're working from home!
1. Set a distraction free routine to start your day with
One of the best way's to ensure that you have a productive day is to set a good morning routine.
When working the 9-5 it can be quite tempting to get up and be all go in getting ready for work, but now that you don't have that commute - how could you use that time instead?
Exercising first thing in a morning is a great way to boost endorphins 'your happy hormones' and get your biology working for you!
OR, use the time to write a journal, read a book or start that project you've always been meaning to!
The key here is to schedule some time for yourself to mentally check-in and prepare yourself for your day without any distractions of emails, social media etc...
'The key is not to prioritise what's on your schedule, but to
SCHEDULE YOUR PRIORITIES'
- Stephen Covey
2. Write 1-3 priorities that you MUST allocate time for in the day
We all have that never-ending list of to-do's that we never get around to, and it can be easy to put off the biggest tasks or things that scare us for the easy things which are in our comfort zones.
So try writing everything down that you need to do and then split it into achievable mini tasks each day.
Then set a 30 min or hour period in your day without any distractions where you MUST focus on these tasks.
You will soon be hitting your goals and getting rid of that big weight of that never-ending list!
3. Set blocked time periods for your tasks throughout the day
Multi-tasking may seem productive, but believe me when you start to set time aside to fully concentrate on one task at a time everything will improve! The more we try to do at once, (and I know we all think we can do it all!), but answering emails only at certain times and setting focused time to work on other tasks will really enhance not only your productivity but also reduce mental fatigue!
'Most of the time multi-tasking is an illusion. You think you're multi-tasking but in reality you're actually wasting time switching from one task to another'
- Bosco Tjan
4. Reward yourself for hitting those goals!
It takes 66 days for a new habit to begin to become automatic. So if you're trying to integrate new habits and routines into your life now that you are working from home, make sure you're giving yourself rewards for hitting your goals!
It could be a piece of chocolate each morning you do exercise or a bubble bath at the end of the day for completing your priority tasks!
5. Take a tea-break
Last but certainly not least, take regular screen breaks and give your eyes a rest. In our opinion there's no better way to rejuvenate than with a good cup of your favourite tea!
Let us know what tea is your go to...or perhaps you have one for morning, noon and night!
We hope these top 5 tips will help you keep productive and help make a good work/life balance a bit more achievable if you're transitioning to working from home for the first time!
Sam + Jason - The TeaNomads xx