5 Tips for Achieving Work-life Balance When Working From Home

Jul 27, 2021

Working from home has quickly inserted itself into our daily lives and for many, it’s here to stay. There are some simple things you can do to nail your workday when working from home, achieving the illusive work-life balance.

For many of us, commuting to and from the office five days a week has become a relic of the past. Flexibility has been adopted in the workplace, and in some cases it’s here for the long haul.

There are many techniques you can adopt to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, allowing you to enjoy the perks of working from home whilst ensuring there are spaces within your apartment reserved solely for rest and play.

Here are our top tips for creating a productive home office set-up, along with some simple tips and tricks that can help you take control of your workday.

 

1. Prioritise your productivity and wellness in equal measures


Staying focused at home can be difficult with the distraction of everyday life within arm’s reach. To maintain sharp focus, consider downloading a productivity app that can assist with time management.

Clever apps such as Pomodoro and Be Focused help you break down the day into timed intervals, reminding you to take regular, short breaks. If your to do list is causing you stress, a five-minute meditation on the Calm app could help you keep your mental health in check.

Be sure to prioritise movement throughout the day too by stretching or taking a lunchtime stroll – sunshine and fresh air can do wonders for re-setting your mind.

 

2. Create a designated work zone


Work and life can easily blend into each other when you work where you live. To avoid this, establish a work zone that allows you to focus during the day and switch off once you clock off. If you have access to a spare room, use this as your home office and do your best to exclusively work within this space.

No spare room? No worries. Many Caydon floorplans feature large built-in desks or study nooks to help you master the art of home office organisation. 

At Due North in Preston, you’ll have the option to completely separate work from play by setting up your workstation in the dedicated ground floor co-working space. The change of scenery can help you get into work mode, and you may even get to know some of your neighbours while you’re there.

 

3. Consider a flexi-room


At Caydon, we recognise the importance of delineating your home workspace, which is why our in-house Architecture + Design team have incorporated flexi-rooms into many of our apartment floorplans.

As the name suggests, you can use these multipurpose rooms however you please. They’re almost as large as a bedroom, meaning you could create your 9 to 5 home office while also adding a fold out sofa to transform the space into a dedicated guest room when required.

 

4. Personalising your workspace


The good news is that when working from home, you’ll never need to hot desk again. Once you’ve located your workspace, be sure to make it feel like you. Add small personalisation’s to your desk, such as colourful stationery, artwork, an indoor plant or a water carafe –doubling as décor but also keeping you hydrated and feeling refreshed throughout the day.

 

5. Don’t forget to declutter


A tidy office is a productive office. Consider integrating streamlined storage solutions within your workspace – opt for slimline cabinetry over bulky filing cabinets and digital files over paper.

When selecting furniture for your home office, choose pieces that will complement the rest of your home by considering materials, finishes and an overall palette that will feel at ease in your space.

Find more styling advice and design inspiration from the Caydon Architecture + Design team.