I’ve been working from home for close to a year now, due to the pandemic. One of the most surprising things that I soon discovered was the challenge of maintaining work-life balance. Although that didn’t seem very logical: I’m home full-time after all, so work-life balance should be a no-brainer. Not so much. Part of the work-life equation was figuring out where in the house would be the best place to work. This was best solved by trying out various locations. At first, I was taking my laptop to different rooms, exploring the flexibility that working from home (WFH) offered: on the couch in front of the TV, at the dining room table, on the back deck when the weather was nice. I was grateful to have options.
But here’s the thing: the lines between work life and personal life are definitely blurred now, and this is a major theme of WFH that I and many others have discovered. And this includes our physical space. I realized that, for the sake of my mental health, it was important to find ways to keep “the office” and home as separate as much as possible.
The other workspace I sometimes used was a desk off of the kitchen, which a couple months ago, I decided to make this location my designated workspace. It’s not perfect, but it’s the most “office-like” and thus the best option. Although, I do end up wandering to other workspaces from time to time just to break up the routine ever so slightly. But for the most part, it’s important for me to not blur the lines any further than they already are! What has been your WFH workspace strategy?