Getting the work-life balance right from the home office

Working in your pyjamas, schedule flexibility, and no morning commute makes working from home seem relaxing, but what happens when life and work become the same thing? A 2017 study conducted by Eurofound saw that 41% of highly mobile workers (employees who predominantly work from home) were stressed all or most of the time, compared to only 25% of employees who worked on-site. This can be the case due to isolation, finding it difficult to self-manage time, and blurred boundaries between life and work. 
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is key to keeping mentally healthy and not losing sight of the important things in your life. When working from home it helps to be more actively conscious of sustaining this balance to ensure that you either don’t get carried away with work or procrastinate work until it adds up to be too much.
Set priorities: Take time to consider what is most important for your work and for your personal life, and prioritise tasks based on these. What should you do more or The more you work, the easier it is to get caught up in the stress of business and forget what goals you had that pushed you to start in the first place. 
Prosperity Matters is designed to help you reconnect and focus on your personal wellbeing. In this issue, we will cover maintaining a work-life balance when working from home, mid-life career changes, taking a break from coffee and managing work-based anxiety less of? What should you stop doing? Is there anything you should do differently?
Establish boundaries: It can be difficult to separate your working mode to your home self when everything is done in the same environment, but try to avoid bringing work to family dinners or staying up too late working. Setting schedules and giving yourself set hours dedicated to work, relaxation, and establishing a work zone can help distinguish between work and home life. 
Track your time: Remember to take note of when you start work and record how many hours you work each day. Even if you feel like you haven’t done enough, knowing how many hours you have worked can help you justify taking a break. Set goals: Be realistic with the goals you set. If you end up with too many idealistic goals, you’ll end up feeling stressed and disappointed if you don’t achieve them all. If you set too little, you might give yourself too much time to relax and be stuck with more work the next day.


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