At this point, many of us have some experience working while at home, either pandemic-induced or by choice for some time prior. Whether you are a student, developer, designer, parent, artist, currently looking for work, or something else entirely, 2020 has brought us a shared experience in the form of our world shrinking to fit work, life, and everything in between within the four walls of our living arrangements.
It’s important to mention right off the bat that working from home provides a number of notable benefits. It’s also a huge privilege, during a global pandemic, to be able to do your work from the safety of your home. That said, it’s not always easy, especially given the circumstances of the past year. When your office is your home and you’re always at home doesn’t that mean you’re also always at the office? Well, yes. Luckily, with a little imagination and some minor changes, we can at least help ensure our brains leave the workplace, even if our bodies remain on the premises.
在我们潜入之前，我想澄清，我没有专家。我还没有想到这一点。That’s why I’m writing this blog post and why all these ideas are so good because I want to use them for myself. My hope is we can learn together. Personally, I’m going to pick three of these things and implement them for at least a month – I hope you’ll join me!
The boundaries you can see
Maybe it looks like this:
- Having certain places in your house that youdon’twork in. Keep them free of anything that will remind you of your job.
Basically, do whatever you can to create some physical differentiation between “work” space and “life” space. Then, keep doing it over and over again to train your brain to “leave” work when that physical change occurs.
The boundaries you can’t see
Update your Slack profile to include your working hours. When taking a lunch break, or when done for the day, update your status to reflect that. Better yet, snooze your notifications! This is, arguably, especially important if you are influential over other people (for example, a manager or people-leader) because it sets a standard and gives others permission to do the same, which results in a healthier team.
Create an end of day ritual to mark the transition from one part of your day to the next. Maybe this is saying out loud to yourself “I have done all I can, it’s time to rest”. Maybe this is a 3 minute meditation. Maybe it’s writing the high notes of the day in a journal. Maybe this is eating a piece of chocolate and then sighing loudly and touching your toes. Maybe it’s going for a jog, cooking dinner, or helping your kid with homework. Whatever it is, make it consistent and enjoyable and don’t work again after you have done it!
- I will do 10 jumping jacks for every email that I send today.
- Before saying “yes” to the next ask, I will request 24 hours to think about it.
- I will only check my email 2x per day.
- I will have one day per week with no meetings
Tell others all about it
语言化您为自己设置的新规则 - 告诉别人会帮助您持有责任。这看起来像“我今天要停止在下午3点工作。I would love a status update after your meeting but, if you message me, I won’t respond until tomorrow morning” OR “I would love to be a part of this project, but I’ve made a commitment to myself to take an hour-long lunch break every day which conflicts with the current meeting time. Could we change that?” OR “I’m really excited because I’ve decided I’m going to stop working on weekends!”
在裂缝之间滑动的挥之不去的任务是字面上的，这是晚上让我保持警惕。不幸的是，我们无法阻止现有的任务，但我们可以确保它们被安全捕获。有很多任务管理应用程序，蜱蜱，asana，todoist，google任务，trello。列表继续，选择一个并使用它！始终保持列表。当有人要求您做某事时，将其添加到列表中。马上。如果它存储在所有其他任务中的地方，那么您可以依赖futureyou to take care of it and there will be no need forcurrentyou (who is off work) to sit up in the middle of the night remembering the commitment you made (and missed) last Tuesday.
For others, this is a pipe dream because there are always things that come up spontaneously and we will have to reshuffle in order to accommodate. Instead of trying to allocate every hour of my calendar, I use it to guard time for projects and tasks that I know will need to be done by a certain point, or on a recurring basis. You should also block off breaks! Lunch! Coffee! A walk! Put it on the calendar and then do what that calendar tells you. It is the boss, after all.
这会听起来很狂野，但与我忍受。After you start a task, just keep doing it and then finish it completely before you start another task.我知道，我知道 - 似乎更快地做了3个任务，我们应该专注于学习如何在我们需要做的时间中成功做3个任务！好吧，我们错了，让我告诉你，感觉greatand allows me to leave the work day feeling more “finalized.”
- Forest rewards you for not looking at your phone by planting cute trees.
- Insight Timer在计时器上提供引导冥想 - 鼓励休息和谨慎。
关于技术的令人敬畏的事情是它使我们能够随时随地工作。缺点是它意味着任何时间和任何wherehas the potential to be work.从图片中删除技术，通常您留下了更简单的选项。如果您真的需要退房，请竭尽全力远离您的技术 - 即使是那些没有直接连接的工作。瞄准每天完全从设备中删除的一定时间。
This goes for all your workspaces – digital and physical. A little tidying goes a long way towards a calm work environment. A calm work environment goes a long way towards having a weekend in which you don’t think about work even once. Take 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes out of your day every day to clean one thing. Maybe it’s your desk, maybe it’s your email inbox.
Work is important and adds value to our lives. It pays the bills; it provides support and stability; it makes you feel fulfilled. It can allow you to leave a positive impact in the world and connect deeply with others. But work is just one facet of the diamond that is your life and we need to give the rest of our time the same level of attention and commitment to excellence! Don’t forget to have compassion for yourself and be honest about what you need in order to do that, both with yourself and others.