Working from home might sound superbly glamourous until about three weeks in, when there's no differentiation between night and day and PJ bottoms have turned into regular work 'attire.' It can be a challenge to draw lines between work life and home life when a WFH schedule consists of five days out of seven, but there are ways to combat the work-from-home burnout. For starters, drawing boundaries between where work should take place and where 'home' should take place is the number one step. That means designating space in the bedroom rather than working from bed, setting up shop in a living room spot rather than working from the couch, or clearing the dining room table temporarily and eating at the kitchen island. However it's done, this is a great starting point.


Secondly, planning is of the utmost importance when working from home. Work plans should be limited to eight - or however many hours one is accountable for per day - hours throughout the day. Before and after that is 'home' time, even when it's so tempting to answer the phone two hours after we've metaphorically clocked out. Plan to make dinner, get up early to start breakfast, or designate specific lunch breaks - whatever it is, don't allow work and home life to mesh together. And, try some of these tips.

Maintain Your Original Routine

Just because working from home is abundantly prevalent now doesn't mean that a routine should change. If the deal is getting up at 7 AM, jumping in the shower, making coffee, and a smoothie, then that routine should remain. The only difference is not needing to go into work, which is great - because it means no travel time! This can also mean the temptation to sleep in, slack off, and get easily distracted is there, which does not make for productive work life.

If this isn't appealing, try a new routine. Switch it up and devote time at night for breakfast the following morning, 'pack' a lunch, or do whatever would normally be done in the morning. If getting some shuteye is more important, simply swap the schedule around for something different.

'Coffee Breaks' Or 'Lunch Hours' Can Still Happen Virtually

FaceTime and Skype still exist, especially when most people have iPhones, Androids, tablets, or camera-enabled computers. There's no reason a Zoom coffee break can't happen (especially when Linda from the second cubicle over can't listen in on the conversation from home). There's also no reason why an hour-long lunch can't be taken with co-workers from home, especially when it's so easy to set up a chat room.

If people can pull off virtual happy hours, then a virtual lunch hour is definitely easy... Just make sure to sip virgin cocktails instead.

If Flexible Hours Are A Thing, Determine When You're At Your Best

Not everyone is productive early in the morning just as not everyone is productive during the evening hours. For those who are lucky enough to have flexible work schedules, this can be a beautiful thing. You never know, perhaps being a night owl could come in handy when it comes to productivity.

Alternately, maybe getting up even earlier (especially with travel time now out of the equation) is something that boosts focus and concentration. Don't be afraid to switch it up and see what works the best! It could change a person's work ethic forever.

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Make Lists, Write Notes, And Have Separate 'Work' And 'Home' To-Do Lists

It's easy enough to allow 'work' lists and 'home' lists to merge. Despite everything that says it's easier just to make one list, don't do it. There's no reason why grocery items should be marked in the same 'to-do' list planner as a conference call and this is definitely something to avoid while working from home. Maintaining that sense of separation is the key to also maintaining balance, albeit a challenge to do sometimes. If it makes things easier, finding a cheap whiteboard, corkboard, or even a desk calendar that can be devoted strictly to one or the other is a game-changer.

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Don't Forget Self-Care... It Should Be Even Easier To Fit Into A WFH Schedule

There are so many gadgets out there nowadays that help to enhance the WFH experience. Whether it's a Shiatsu shoulder and back massager or a foot bath, anything that helps take a bit of tension out of the day is helpful. Essential oil diffusers are also brilliant when it comes to holistic therapy, and they're entirely distraction-free (and some can even be plugged into a USB port). A pair of good Bluetooth speakers can also help to pass the time, whether you're bopping to 80s rock or chilling out with some Lo-Fi vibes.

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