Working From Home? Health Hacks You Need to Know
By Sara Butler
Working from home has a variety of challenges. It can be difficult to be productive, set yourself up for fitness success, and create separation between your workday and everything else. Luckily, these things are manageable. Here are a few tips that can help you manage working from home.
Create a Home Office
You may not have a whole room in your house that you can create an office space in, but you can clear away a corner somewhere to set a desk up and designate it as a workspace. If you need to have conference calls, make sure you have a space you can shut yourself off in to get rid of background noise, too.
Keep Up with Your Routine
Your fitness routine can be difficult to keep up on if you start working from home. In order to make sure you can, prioritize your fitness goals then keep a schedule. Sit down with a calendar at the beginning of each week and schedule your workouts just as you would any other type of appointment or meeting. Then make sure to do it and stay committed.
Don't Forget to Move
When you're at home it can be easy to get sucked into a task and not realize how much time has passed. You must remember to get up and move around at least once an hour, so set a reminder on your phone or computer, then get up and stretch or walk into the other room and walk back. It's important to break up the posture you're sitting in periodically, so you don't slump into bad postural habits. Plus, it's good for your body to move around every once in a while, no matter where you are.
Try to Create a Schedule
It can be tempting to sleep in and work odd hours when you're working from home, but that won't help with the work/life balance you're striving for. Your mental and physical health will benefit by setting a schedule and sticking to it as if you were going to an office.
Log Your Time
Another way to keep your work life and your regular life balanced is by logging your time and setting a few limits for yourself. Track hours and don't work more than you should. Avoid working on weekends and try to look out for how much time you spend working each day.
Working from home can be a great thing -- as long as you work to find a balance between your work and the rest of your life.
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