work-life balance

How to achieve a work-life balance when you work at home

This is a guest post written by Ellen Orton for OpenAgent.

 

Finding a work-life balance is hard for anyone, even if you find your job fulfilling. When you work from home, it might start to seem like your work life and your personal life are constantly overlapping. However, it’s important to find ways to separate your work life and your personal life, even if they’re both happening under one roof.

 

Without the right balance between professional and personal satisfaction, you put both your mental health and physical health at risk. Rather than feeling like you’re fighting to fit both into your life, your work life and your personal life should foster one another. Today, we go through 5 different methods for achieving genuine work-life balance.

 

Create a separate work space

Even though you’re working from home, having a separate work space allows you to have a physical way to keep your work life separate from your living space.

 

If you have the option of using an entire room, set it up similar to a regular office. You might want to add a built in desk or shelves. A designated study can even increase the value of your property.

 

If you don’t have an entire room, you can still attempt to section off a room by using a room divider or by having an appointed work desk. Try to keep distractions away from your work space so that you can maintain focus on the tasks at hand.

 

Don’t say ‘yes’ to everything

With a range of priorities, you might feel pressure to fit everything into your schedule. However, you don’t have to say ‘yes’ to everything. Make sure you have a strong understanding of what things are most important to you. Taking on an extra work-related task usually isn’t worth sacrificing time with your family.

 

Designate downtime

Designating downtime specifically for taking a break will help you strike a work-life balance. The same way you might want to set working hours, set aside time for lunch everyday or even time for a weekly massage. You could also consider using your downtime to unplug from all your devices, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.


We live in a culture where we’re always connected and always expected to be available. This can put a lot of unnecessary pressure on you. By disconnecting for a while, you can focus on putting yourself first.

 

Leave the home everyday

Staying at home for longer than a day can make you feel a little stir crazy. Find reasons to leave your home at least once a day. A great idea would be to use your designated downtime to do something outside. For instance, you might want to spend an hour at a workout class, go for a run, or for a walk around the block.

 

You could also leave the home to get particular tasks done. You might want to pick up your weekly groceries or go to the post office. If working from home is getting overwhelming, going to a local cafe or to the local library could give you a well needed break from home.

 

Put your health first

Of course, work is a priority for most people. Even so, it shouldn’t be prioritised over your general health. We tend to forget about the basics, such as eating enough vegetables in a day, exercising on a regular basis or taking the time to simply relax. 

 

Take advantage of your more flexible working situation to take care of yourself. Stock your kitchen with healthy meals and snacks so that you’re never tempted to order fast food or takeout. Do a home workout, or take the dog for a walk in the middle of the day to give yourself a boost of endorphins.

 

Conclusion

Remember, there’s bound to be some overlap with your work life and your personal life, and that’s okay! Work-life balance doesn’t have to be a fantasy or something you put off. Setting aside time for things like family, study, hobbies and socialising are important to maintain your relationships and your wellbeing. By doing these things, you can strike the right balance between your personal and professional lives.

 

Guest author: Ellen Orton is the Head of Business Operations at OpenAgent.com.au, an online agent comparison website helping Australians to sell, buy and own property.

 

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