Many people are continuing to work from home or adopting a blended approach to the working week. This different way of working can be difficult to navigate, it is important to consider the balance between work and home life. I too had some difficulty adjusting. So, what did I change about my day to support myself?
- I catch the train home from work, no more sitting in traffic! The walk to the station with an audiobook allows me to separate work and home. If I am working from home, a walk after work is a good substitute to decompress.
Back to work tip: When is the last time you travelled to work? Try a practice run before your first day.
- I am a foodie and love cooking, so I pre prepare lunches for the week ahead. It removes a task from my working day and keeps my energy balanced!
Back to work tip: Reconnect with your team, for example, have lunch with a colleague you haven’t seen in a while.
- I plan my week in advance, setting aside time for intensive work or big projects. Colour coding my diary works best for me as I can see what my day looks like at a glance.
- Scheduling time for tasks reduces the risk of working out with your office time. It also prevents “juggling” several tasks at once, and this in turn minimizes errors.
Back to work tip: Diaries and calendars shouldn’t become an additional stressor; they should work for you. Are there any functions you weren’t aware of that could help you organize your working week?
- Working from home can often feel like there is no physical distance from the workplace. I find it helpful to turn off the computer on weekends or place a room divider across my desk so that it is not visible.
Back to work tip: If you work remotely from a laptop, it can be helpful to put the laptop in it’s carry case at the end of your shift.
Our Specialist Health and Work Service team are experienced in health and work issues, particularly for those who have been affected by cancer. The service supports those who are remaining in work, returning to work or looking for a new job. We also provide a range of psychological support services.
To find out how we could support you, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 212 0505 and one of our team will be happy to help.