Working from home can be very rewarding. In some cases, you are your own boss, and you have the freedom to make your own schedule. You stay focused during your work hours, and you are checking off the to-do list. But does the to-do list get longer and longer as the day goes on? Do you keep finding more tasks to complete? “Just one more blog post” or “one more e-mail. And it just keeps going. If you keep this up, it may burn you and your family out. Even if you are single, this can still be detrimental to your health. Everyone needs time off. In this article, we will discuss some strategies to help you clock out and enjoy your life.
Shut it down
It’s easy to keep going and lose track of the day when you have been working with focus, and your brain is wired. But you have to stop sometime. To shut your brain down you must shut your computer down. Close that laptop and walk out of your office. Of course, there are times when you have to burn the midnight oil, but don’t let this be a habit. Those e-mails can wait. Close up shop and distract your mind with an activity that you enjoy doing.
Live a healthy lifestyle
It is important to keep your mind and body in good health. If your body gets out of shape so does your mental state, and all this can put stress on your relationships. Not having a proper balance between mind and body can also weaken your ability to focus, due to lack of energy. Start an exercise routine, you should exercise at least three times per week if you can squeeze it in do something every day, even if it is just a leisurely stroll. After your workout eat a healthy meal. Good nutrition is half the battle. Put the workout at the end of your to-do list, this way you have a good reason to leave your office.
Find ways to get things done faster by learning to manage your time better. Being efficient can save you hours every week. Incorporate technology to help you stay organized. Eliminate distractions such as meeting friends for lunch, limit these lunch dates to maybe once every week or so. Fight the urge to run errands, save them for after work. If you are efficient, you can clock out of work easier knowing that you’ve accomplished a lot for that day.
Remember there is more to life than work. It is important to clock out every day not only for you but for your family as well. Make healthy choices throughout your life to help you stay focused, and you will find your productivity rise. Stay sharp and work efficiently so you can be satisfied at the end of your work day.
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by Rob Carpen
Rob is a content writer and editor, specializing in a variety of fields. He helps B2B and B2C clients with blogs, social media, press releases and web content that create more value for their marketing campaigns. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He played Club Rugby at IUP for four years. He loves Rugby and recently attended the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle, England – New Zealand All Blacks v. Tonga Match. Rob is passionate about craft beer. He is transitioning his eight years of home brewing to earn his professional brewer certificate.