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How Working From Home Can Positively Impact Your Work-Life Balance

Working from home can sometimes be difficult, but if done properly it can improve your work-life balance. Mailbutler explains.

First published

20.03.2020

Last edited

02.11.2022

Read time

5 minutes


    By Tiffany

    Tiffany studied Language and Economics, and now likes to write about business topics and conduct interviews with interesting people. She spends her free time looking after her plants and with her dog.

    Depending on where you live, it has been almost a week since you have been social distancing. At first, you were probably a bit bored and unproductive, but now you have a routine so you can accomplish more in one day.

    On top of that, social distancing is perfect for spending time with your loved ones, pets, and discovering new skills and hobbies.

    To help your social distance, here is a list of how it can positively impact your work-life balance

    No more commuting ?

    Regardless of where you live, you probably have to commute at least 30 minutes to work everyday, which can be exhausting. With social distancing, all you have to do is commute to your designated work area.

    Now that you gain these hours back, you have more time to spend with your loved ones, partner, pets, and to practice your hobbies! 

    Choose your own work hours ?

    When your work from home, you have the freedom to choose your own work hours. You may have to be present for a meeting or two, but beyond that, you can work when you wish.

    If you have a child, it is good because you can try to schedule your workday around them. It is also perfect if you are more productive in the early morning or late at night. Now you work during your most productive hours! 

    Dress for success ?

    When you are social distancing, it may be appealing to wear pajamas or sweatpants, because it is more comfortable. However, you should put on normal working clothes, so it will make your day seem more routine.

    By dressing like you are going to work, it will make you feel like you are at the office

    Take a long lunch break ?‍

    Take a long lunch break, so that you can make something healthy or your favorite comfort food.

    Use this time to increase your cooking skills and maybe you will be on the next season of Top Chef! 

    Your whole team is available on chat ?

    Since you started social distancing, you may have noticed that the whole team is available to chat.

    It is perfect to reach out to colleagues who are constantly having meetings.

    Now, you can reach them easily, because you know that they are online and available! 

    Use your after work time to be more productive ?

    Now that you can only do activities at your home, you have probably noticed that you have more time for household chores, like deep cleaning your home.

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    For example, you can do laundry consistently instead of waiting until the last moment.

    On top of that, you can also declutter your wardrobe and any other storage space! By the end of social distancing, you will be the new Marie Kondo! 

    You can be active at home ?

    Depending on where you live, most gyms are closed, so you will have to become creative about staying active.

    Good thing that there is an endless supply of your Youtube content that is perfect for this time. A difficult yet fun one is this Squat Challenge. Are you up for it? 

    Enjoy your free time to the fullest

    There are a lot of activities, you can still do during social distancing. For example, you can: 

    • Learn a language 
    • Read a book 
    • Binge The Sopranos 
    • Watch a long film 
    • Play The Sims
    • Go for a walk, but maintain a six feet (two meters) distance. 

    The list goes on! Who said that social distancing wasn’t fun?!

    Remain in social contact with your friends and family ?

    Social distancing does not mean losing social contact. You can still FaceTime or call your mom, dad, extended family members, grandma, friends, and colleagues because they are most likely lonely or bored. 

    You can even have a virtual cocktail hour with everyone to help the time pass. 

    Stay calm ?

    I know that some of you may have difficulty social distancing.

    Just remember, the more we social distance, the less time we will have to be inside in the future. So stay calm and this will all be over before you know it! 

    FAQs

    What is a good work home life balance?

    For those who work from home, a good work-life balance includes completing the tasks on your to-do list on time while still being able to spend quality time with your loved ones.

    It also means not having to worry about work 24/7 as well as having enough time to eat healthily, be physically active, and sleep properly.

    How do you maintain work/life balance with WFH?

    If you’re working from home, maintaining a good work-life balance can be tricky as there can be many distractions (kids and pets to name just two).

    Luckily, there are plenty of steps you can take to successfully balance work and life if you work remotely. Here are the three most important ones:

    • Set a daily schedule. Generally speaking, working from home provides much more flexibility than in-office working. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some sort of schedule in place. Setting a daily schedule will help you get things done faster and let your coworkers know when they can get in touch with you.
    • Take advantage of advanced communication tools. Make it easy for your team members and clients to see when you are available by sharing your working hours on Google Calendar or whichever app you use.
    • Take short breaks. Don’t hesitate to take a few minutes away from your laptop throughout the day. You can use those minutes to relax and clear your head or get some personal chores done.

    Are people happier when working from home?

    Yes, they are. People who work from home tend to feel more content than those who don’t for a number of reasons.

    The main one is the fact they don’t have to commute, which saves them a lot of time. (The average one-way commute time in the US is around 28 minutes.)

    Does working from home actually work?

    Yes, it does. Research shows that people who work from home are significantly more productive than those who work in an office. According to some studies, working remotely can lead to a 13% performance increase.

    What are the pros and cons of working from home?

    Working from home has more pros than cons. Here are the key ones:

    Pros of working from home

    • No daily commute
    • More flexibility
    • Less stress
    • A healthier work-life balance

    Cons of working from home

    • Lack of social interaction
    • Communication can be hard
    • Home office costs

    And if you want to know more about how to stay productive while working from home, keep reading this interesting article!

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