The lines between work and home blur easily with most of us indulging in the work-from-home module. More often than not, we find it difficult to get our brains to stop worrying about work and be completely present at home. Many new parents also worry that their kids won’t remember anything about them because they’re stuck in front of their laptops. If you’re one of those people struggling with switching between family and work, here are some tricks you can use.
Establish a Dedicated Work Space
If you have a space that’s meant only for work, it’ll help you avoid treating your entire house as an office ground. It doesn’t have to be a fancy cabin, your working space can be a glorified closet, but it should be somewhere you can work without distractions. And when you come out, you can shut the door on your work day. This helps condition your brain, as well as your children’s brains, that the particular space is a workspace, and outside of it, you’re back to being a family man.
Build Transitions To Flip Between Modes
It’s important to have certain activities that you do to differentiate between your work time and your home time. These transitions are similar to the time that is otherwise taken up by commutes, and allows you to switch between being a family man and a working person. These transitional activities can include taking a 15-minute walk around the block or reading a chapter of a book. It’s just a way to tell your brain that you’re not at the office anymore.
Establish Rules About Working At Night
It’s common to find yourself on the couch in the middle of the night, trying to finish pending work. This mostly happens because you spend a majority of your day trying to juggle your family duties with work. To avoid this from happening every night, and to avoid suffering burnout, have a rule of how many nights a week you can spend on the couch completing your work. A maximum of three nights is more than enough.
Manage Your Notifications
The biggest culprits dragging you back to work, even after the day is over, are the notifications. You receive endless alerts throughout the day, from work to your kid’s schools, to your friends. A good way to manage the alerts is to have time pockets where you reply to the messages. Dedicate a time wherein you will reply to personal messages, and have a cut-off time after which you won’t touch your work alerts.