With COVID-related concerns still an everyday feature of our lives, many 49 West residents are once again working from home at our apartments for rent in Rogers. In fact, with remote work becoming more of a norm, some of them aren’t planning to ever return to the office. Though there are many benefits to working from home, this era of remote work can make striking the right work/life balance more challenging than ever. These four tips can make it easier to separate work life from home life and enjoy more of your personal time while at home in your Rogers, AR apartment.
Understand Ebbs & Flows
Firstly, it’s important to determine whether you’ve got a chronic or an acute problem on your hands. Life and work will both have regular ebbs and flows; there may be busy seasons and slow seasons, or emergencies may come up. Understand that there may be times when work and life are out of balance, but that’s okay on occasion. What’s important is that you have the balance you want on a larger scale. The more you become aware of your job’s normal ebbs and flows, the more you’ll be able to regulate your stress levels during busy times.
Manage Your Technology
Oftentimes, we can be so connected via our phones and other devices that it can be hard to focus on the task at hand. But the good news is there are lots of ways you can manage technology to ensure healthy compartmentalization or attentiveness depending on what you need. Don’t be afraid to adjust your notifications, email forwarding, and calendar settings to help you attend to what you need to attend to. That might mean turning off mobile notifications for your work email or messaging during your personal time or ensuring that important personal emails are able to reach you during the workday while more trivial ones are ignored. This technological compartmentalization is especially important when home and office are one and the same.
Take Advantage of Your Paid Time Off
Most folks are much happier when they take regular vacations and avoid work when sick. Ensure you’re taking advantage of all your Paid Time Off each year. If your PTO rolls over, you might be tempted to save it up to use all at once, but bear in mind that shorter, more frequent vacation time could make you even happier than a single, extended break. Assess your short-term and long-term needs and plan accordingly.
Set Boundaries and Work Hours
Work and personal life will seep into each other if you let them. Coworkers will send emails in your off-hours, or you’ll remember you needed to buy a new sweater while you’re working on something you’d rather not be doing. Setting boundaries (and communicating them to others) helps ensure you’re focusing your attention and making the most of your work and personal time by not constantly context-switching between them.
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