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The Importance of Separating Your ‘Work-from-Home’ Life from Your ‘Home’ Life

While some people have been used to working remotely throughout their careers, some are still adjusting to the work-from-home culture, which can be difficult to adapt to. One of the hardest parts about working from home 24/7 is the inability to separate your office from your home. Setting these boundaries is extremely important for your mental and physical health.

Here are some easy tips to separate your work-from-home life from your home life:

  • Get ready for the day. For many people, it can be easier to stay motivated if they are dressed as if they are going into the office. For others, it can mean switching from your pajamas to your nicest sweatpants set. Whatever works for you is what is best, just ensure you are getting dressed in the morning!
  • Have a designated workspace. If you have a room or area in your home that you can designate as your workspace, then you can easily leave your computer and other resources for work in that area once you finish working. This will allow you to not only physically separate from your work, but also mentally separate!
  • Take a break to grab lunch or go for a walk. If your day allows, be sure to take time for a lunch break, or to go for a quick walk and get some fresh air. It is important that you take some time away from the computer screen to get some steps in, stretch and relax your mind for a bit!
  • Minimize distractions. Focus on work when it’s work-from-home time. (The laundry can wait.) Then when you’re done with work, switch to the home activities like washing dishes and making dinner.

Taking the time to create boundaries around your work-from-home life will keep the rest of your home life feeling just like it did when you worked outside the home.

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