Most people recognize the importance of managing both their professional and personal responsibilities. After all, a good work/life balance is key to a person’s well-being and happiness. Yet, since more and more professionals are now working remotely –– often within their own homes –– it’s become increasingly difficult for many individuals to separate their “work life” from their “personal life.” To that end, today we aim to share a few tips that will help you remain productive at work without totally disrupting your personal calendar. Check them out here:

Define Your Space

In an ideal world, professionals working from home would have a separate office in a room where they could work without interruption. In reality, though, many professionals don’t have this luxury. Even so, it’s important for pros working from home to do their best to define a “work area” in their home. Separate this space from the rest of your home and furnish it with everything you need to focus on work –– be that expense reports or digital models of 2 ml cryovials. Note, don’t work in areas where you typically relax and, if at all possible, don’t work in bed.

Know When to Unplug

Some remote professionals may neve fully feel “off the clock.” While it’s not the end of the world to respond to an urgent work email in the evening, logging long hours over many weeks or months is unsustainable in the long term. That’s why it’s key to set regular office hours for yourself and to stick to them. What’s more, make it a point to let your coworkers and clients know when you’ll be available and when you won’t be.

Warm Up and Cool Down

Work, like exercise, is something that you should mentally and physically prepare for every day. It’s often a good idea to get into good work habits to start your day. So before work starts, take a shower, brush your teeth, and get prepared for work as if you were physically heading into the office. Once the day is done, look for activities that will help you cool down –– like a walk around the block or phone call with a friend. Doing this repeatedly will help you add structure to your daily routine.

Prioritize You

At the end of the day, your own health, wellness, and happiness are your responsibility. Don’t be afraid to try out remedies to deal with stress or to schedule an off day when you really need one. Working from home should afford you lots of flexibility –– use it to your advantage!