Set work hours:
With our emails available on our laptops and phones it’s easier than ever to overwork. Even if you’ve shut down your laptop for the day, it’s likely only a few feet away. There can be a temptation to work whenever you can because you can. Set yourself work hours and stick to those work hours. This ensures work won’t take over all day, every day.
Share your work hours with your team and your family.
Time boundaries help your kids understand that at certain times during the day you will be in work mode, and the other times, you’ll be in parent mode. It also helps your team know when they can and cannot reach you .
In an office setting your day is broken up. You might walk down to the coffee shop, take a toilet break, chat with a co-worker. When at home it can be easy to work for long unbroken periods of work. At home it can also be easy to be distracted by everything that needs to be done at home. Manage these distractions like you would in a workplace. Studies show that we should take a break every 50 – 90 minutes of work. Work 50 minutes then take 5 minutes to put a load of washing on. Then return to work for another 50 minutes, then take 5 minutes to unload the dishwasher.
Put your work away at the end of the day:
Ensure you mentally clock out at the end of the work day. Turn your laptop off and shut the lid. Clean up pens and notepads, remove empty cups and glasses. Physically tidying up and closing down your workspace will replicate leaving at the end of the day and will help transition you from work life to home life.