5 Tips for Striking a Work/Home Balance this Fall
As we draw closer to fall with many of us still working and now learning from home, it is proving to be more and more difficult for work and school to not take over our lives. At Palm we speak often about Life Mode— our ethos of disconnecting ourselves from digital distractions and returning to the parts of our lives that we find most fulfilling and enlivening. But when a majority of our time at home becomes digital, how can we find balance and avoid that sense of “living at work”?
Here are 5 tips to keep in mind and try to implement to create a better work/life balance:
Set a Schedule and Stick to It
While we may have had typical work hours that told us when to pack up and head home— or the convenience of the school bell to announce when class time was over, now many of us feel a lack of that clear definition of boundary in our work or study. To help get back in a balanced rhythm, try to set your own boundary for work and study from home. Meetings done by 5? Perhaps try giving yourself the permission to shutdown the computer by 6pm. Whatever your schedule looks like, it’s important to remember to carve out time in your day for yourself— and give yourself the permission to unplug and recharge.
Take Walks, Get outside
Depending on what’s safe for where you live— try to dovetail tip one with tip two and set times to take walks or just get outside. In his book Digital Minimalism, author Cal Newport speaks to the many benefits of carving out time to take long walks alone, a practice he maintains daily. Newport claims his regular walking actually leaves him not only happier, but more productive “by noticeably large factors”. This is also helpful as research has also shown that taking walking breaks during the work day actually help you think more clearly and be more creative.
When the time comes to be at your desk— be there and be there fully. It's hard to get work done if you’re constantly being pinged and prodded by an onslaught of notifications. Silence any notification that is not absolutely necessary when working or studying— or better yet, switch your phone into airplane mode (or Life Mode!!) to completely drop into the zone and stay in the flow. Less distractions will help you get through studying or your work’s to-do list quicker— meaning more time to get back to the other things in life you’d like to enjoy.
Leave Your Phone Behind
If the temptation remains too great, try leaving your phone and other digital devices in another room completely. Setting a physical boundary like this can help you get more into the zone and help keep work and life more separate and balanced.
Read a Book
Alright, we all enjoy a good scroll through TikTok or our Twitter feed. But if you’re feeling like you’re not getting enough of a break, try going back to paper and reading a book. You can kill two birds with one stone when you choose some of our favorites like Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport, or How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price (which comes in our Minimalist Bundle!). These books will not only help you step away from the digital dread for a moment each day, but will also help you set up better long term digital habits to keep you in the balance you strive to achieve.
What other tips do you have for staying safe and staying sane during these trying times? Send us your thoughts or talk to us when you do dip into the realms of social media— we’re sometimes on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook ourselves.