Switch Off When Working from Home

Switch Off When Working from Home

As most of us now know, working from home feels like a different world compared to the buzz of the office.

Your usual daily routine is now a distant memory and your commute to work has probably gone from a 20-minute bus ride to a 30-second walk to the kitchen table. Before, your home was most likely the place you felt you could relax and not think about work but since it’s now your office, it can be difficult to switch out of that work mode once the day is done.During a crisis, it's important to adapt to new circumstances around us.

As discussed in our recent blog: Make Working from Home a Success, you may feel like you’re not being as productive as you would be in the office, therefore we feel like we have to work overtime to justify. Truth is, you shouldn’t be working into the evening or weekend, it’s not healthy and it’s essential to have that time after work to wind down and relax.

With all your work equipment at your disposal, it can be difficult to shift from work to relaxation mode. There’s the temptation of reaching for your laptop to complete a task your boss has been nagging you to do or to have a quick scan of your emails before going to bed.

So, if you’re struggling to escape from your home office, read on for some top tips on how to switch off once the working day is over.

Schedule a finishing time

To avoid running yourself into the ground and working beyond your set hours, schedule a finishing time and be strict with it.

Your working environment has completely changed to what it used to be like, working from home can become intense when your teammates aren’t there to talk to and it’s just you and your computer screen for 7 hours of the day.

Scheduling a time at the end of the day where you can log out of the computer, finish endless video meetings and switch off from work mode will give you a goal to reach and may even improve your productivity levels throughout the day.

Working from home infographic Oak Engage

Switch off your notifications

It may be tempting to keep your notifications on once you’ve finished work just in case an extremely important email comes through, but you’re not going to be able to escape work mode with the constant ping of notifications all evening. Once you receive a work notification, you’ll be sucked back into office mode and it will be almost impossible to wind down.

Although it can feel stressful to miss an important update, switching off your notifications will take your brain out of work mode.

Get some exercise

Under the current government advice, we are currently allowed 1 hour of exercise per day. So, make sure you take advantage of this by getting outdoors.

If before the pandemic, the gym used to be your haven after a long day’s work, substitute this by taking a run, walk or cycle outside.

Working our bodies helps shut down the mind and getting outdoors will leave you feeling refreshed and take your mind away from the ‘office’.

Plan an after-work activity

When you were in the office you were probably used to going to the cinema or going to your favourite restaurant as a treat for working hard during the day. But why should this stop now because you’re working from home?

Whether this is watching your favourite TV Show, finishing off a chapter in a book you’re reading or trying out a new recipe. It might not feel the same as your usual post-work activities but, having something planned for the end of the day will give you something to look forward to and keep you going throughout the working day.

As most of us have gathered over this past month, working from home comes has its challenges if it’s the fear of not being productive enough, it’s the never-ending distractions surrounding you. But, the ability to be able to switch off after your day shouldn’t be on this list.

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