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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
More flexibility, no commuting, and the ability to live where you want – the benefits of remote working can be life-changing for those seeking a better work-life balance. But working at home has its disadvantages. When your “commute” just involves walking from your bedroom to your work area and your “lunch break” is a quick rummage in the fridge, the days can feel monotonous.
And if you're not careful, that feeling of monotony can lead to fatigue, detachment, and burnout.
It is clear that remote working will stay here. So how can you work from home day in and day out without feeling like you are living at work instead of working where you live? This can help you feel energized, inspired, and engaged while working from home.
1. Change your workspace
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If you work in a corporate office, you have your work space, but you also have the rest of the office to wander around. When your brain needs some refreshment, you can just run around and visit coworkers or go to the break room for a quick snack.
At home, your office is usually a small room (or closet!) In your house – where other family members might work or attend online school. This can make it difficult to find space if you need a change of scene during the day. When boredom does arise, consider changing your work area for a few days a week. Whether you're going to the back yard, doing a hotspot in a park, or just swapping offices with your spouse, the new working digs will help you feel revived.
And don't forget to decorate your work area with colors and items that make you feel comfortable, inspired and happy. Framed photos, fun desk accessories, and office houseplants can boost your energy and mood.
2. Break up your day
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It's easy to get through the day without taking breaks when working remotely. However, this only adds to your discomfort and monotony – not to mention stress. Schedule a mandatory daily lunch break outside of your computer to break up your day.
Meanwhile, implement the 50/10 rule and give yourself a 10-minute, screen-free technical break for every 50 minutes of focused work time (or 25/5 if that works better for you). When you recharge yourself with small breaks throughout the day, you will feel energized and ready to take on the next task.
3. Vary your routine
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In many ways, having a structured routine is essential for setting and maintaining work-from-home boundaries. However, too much routine can make your days in your home office feel endless and repetitive.
You can still keep your daily office hours and end your remote work day with a routine. However, changing even the smallest things can make your days feel fresh and not tired. Do you usually make coffee at home every morning? Instead, treat yourself to a coffee mid-week! Are your lunches the same sandwiches Monday through Friday? Cook a hot, delicious new creation!
Even if you change your exercise routine, you can breathe new life into your work day. Swap your usual evening stroll for a refreshing midday run or plan an online yoga class at the end of the day to get excited.
4. Engage your senses
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When you focus on the task at hand and are buried in work-related projects, your world shrinks to exactly what lies ahead. This ability to improve your job is critical to your productivity. However, the narrow focus can also leave you feeling exhausted and drained when working alone in your home office.
Involving all of your senses during your work day will raise your mood, reduce anxiety and inspire your work. Pick different senses that you can focus on throughout the day so that you feel energized. Perhaps you will listen to a favorite music album while you work on your morning chores, followed by an hour of energizing diffusion of essential oils (try peppermint or sweet orange!). A delicious afternoon treat and a cozy blanket can help you end your working day calmly and calmly.
Turn it on
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If we don't purposely breathe new life into our daily chores, everything can feel repetitive and boring – including remote work. By taking breaks, rearranging some of your normal routines, and letting your senses lead the way, you can feel energized and engaged while working from home.
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