These days, we’re spending more time in our homes more than ever before, and your house can start looking a lot more like your office when you’re working forty hours a week. Even if you’re still in the office, however, it’s important to take the time to maintain your mental and physical health and we’ve got a few easy pointers for keeping things leveled. Read on for our top five ways to improve your work-life balance!
#1 Work When You’re Strongest
If you do your best thinking first thing in the morning, it doesn’t make sense to keep working at 5 pm when you’re starting to lose concentration. If you need to take your time getting up in the morning or like to get your workout done right away, you may want to start work a little later than your coworkers. Try seeing if your place of work has flex hours you can take advantage of, or schedule your shifts accordingly.
#2 Plan Set Hours For Work
If your working schedule is from 9 am to 5 pm, only work between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. Don’t “get a head start” by hopping on at 8 am, and don’t “just finish up one last thing” after 5 pm that in reality leaves you working until 7 pm. As soon as the clock hits 5 pm, close your computer or leave your office. Otherwise, before you know it, that 8-hour workday will turn into a 12-hour workday and you’ll be missing out on key moments with friends, family, and decompressing by yourself.
#3 Take A Break
There are very few humans who can work for eight hours straight without a break in concentration or focus. Most of us are not in that group. During your workday, don’t feel guilty about stepping out to grab some coffee, hit the gym, or talk with a friend! With AfterShokz OpenComm, our wireless Bluetooth stereo headset, you can go from your conference call to having a quick chat with your buddy about their day with the push of a button. After a brain break, you can return to your work feeling refreshed and ready to go!
#4 Invest In Your Workspace
If you’re going to spend eight hours a day somewhere, you’d better make sure it’s a comfortable space. If you’re working from home, try to invest in a stand-up desk or a comfortable work chair that won’t strain your back. Still in the office? Ask your office manager about getting an ergonomic keyboard, another monitor, or even blue-light glasses. Make your space work for you.
#5 Buy A Planner
Use a planner to sketch out your day, from important meetings, to what time you’ll take your breaks, to appointments. Include plans made outside work hours as well, such as a movie night, birthday party, or a run. This way, you won’t double-book yourself and you’ll feel good about staying on top of your commitments, even if they’re just your commitments to yourself.
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