One of the most common complaints you’ll hear about remote work is how difficult it is to disconnect after work, especially now when our homes have also turned into our offices. On a recent LinkedIn poll, we asked our followers about their biggest struggle with remote work and 39% voted unplugging after work. So here it is.

In today’s blog, we discuss 3 ways to effectively unplug after work hours:

1. Stick to your ‘To-do list’
Establish your daily to-do list and dedicate your time towards those items. Don’t take on more work than you can accomplish in a regular 9-5 schedule. Be singularly focused on each task. If you take on more work than you can complete, you’ll think about it even when you’re away from your workspace. So, immerse yourself during work hours and reduce distractions so you can fully unplug (without feeling guilty) when you’re done.

2. Leave your workstation
It could be your office, coffee table, or couch – detach from your workstation completely. If you continue to linger around your desk even after work hours, chances are you might resume work again. Make sure to unplug from your notifications — emails, chat, phone calls — whatever it might be. Limit your access to devices and environments that drag you back to work, even if it is just for 10 minutes. Those extra 10 minutes could turn into hours of work.

3. Engage in physical activities
For some people disconnecting after work means binge watching Netflix, but this type of “unwinding” isn’t really effective. Try engaging in some form of physical activity such as jogging, riding a bike or even walks. Get yourself moving. Use this time to reflect on your day, tasks you’ve accomplished and prepare your mind for the grind tomorrow.

Unplugging after work hours is necessary for one’s mental health. It’s all about striking the right work-life balance so you’re able to enjoy both aspects of life equally. Set boundaries, take time to recoup and engage in physical activities to have more productive days and a healthier, happier lifestyle.

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