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As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world, businesses remain shut down and those that are open are encouraged to have their staff work from home. This new norm of remote workforces has created many benefits including lower carbon footprint, improved productivity and lower stress levels, and cost savings as companies forgo office leases. What is proving to be a challenge, however, is creating a healthy boundary between personal and professional life. Here are three tips that can help:

 

Create Walls

 

Setting physical boundaries may be enough to ward off any unwanted distractions, be it your spouse, pets, children, or outside noise. If you don’t have room to spare for your home office, you can simply buy a divider that can delineate your workspace. Dividers come in different sizes, colors, designs, and installation types. Some dividers require no installation and can stand on its own while others have to be mounted on the ceiling or side walls with rings or a rod.

 

Inform Everyone of Your Work Schedule

 

If you don’t have one yet, establish a work schedule that marks what times of the day you start and finish, what time your meetings are for that day, an itemized list of tasks you need to be done, and so on. Notify everyone in your home or post a copy of the schedule on the communal fridge. Update your work schedule as you get more information from your superiors.

 

Have a Separate Laptop For Work

 

On your work laptop, download and install site blockers to help you stay focused on your workload. Only install games and log in your social media accounts and personal email on your laptop. Having a separate laptop for your work helps you stay on track without interruption. Check with your company if they can lease you a work laptop. Most companies, especially those in tech, offer this work perk.

 

Working from home is only sustainable if you can separate your work and personal life. However, in an attempt to try and stop your personal life from seeping into your professional obligations, be sure not to let your work consume all of your waking hours. Strive to maintain an equilibrium between these two facets.