Working from home can become a nightmare when our work and personal boundaries are blurred. There are a few things you can do to keep work and home separate while working from home.
It is important to not get caught up in the trap of complacency when you’re working from home because the timings become extremely flexible. An interesting way to maintain productivity without feeling too burnt out is the Pomodoro technique. The Pomodoro Technique works in five basic steps:
Decide on the task to be done.
Set a timer to twenty-five minutes.
Work on the task until the timer rings. Record the Pomodoro in writing as a completed task.
Take a short break (5 minutes).
Work through four Pomodoros and take a longer break (15–20 minutes).
It is important to create a makeshift office or work station in your home, where you can continue behaviours that you would normally engage in while physically at work.
Try to start your day an hour or two before your workday begins, with a call to a loved one, or checking up on the people you live with. Avoid waking up and tumbling into work, because it might create an aversive emotional association for the rest of the day.
It is important to stick to the 8 hour working period. Draw boundaries with your company or employer and negotiate when it comes to tasks that you feel you would not be able to finish in the day, or make it a point to mention that you would complete it on the next working day. Now more than ever, there is a risk of work spilling into post-work hours.