Tips to Find your Work-Life Balance in London
As we dip in and out of new COVID-19 restrictions, the need to work from home has never been more prevalent, particularly with the recent guidance to reinforce remote working.
A great disadvantage many of us are experiencing with remote working is the lack of work-life balance, along with the requirement of social isolation, lack of relationships and most of all, difficulty in creating an office environment from home.
If you are working from home and are struggling to find the perfect work-life balance, here are some of our top tips to give your well-being a boost throughout your working day.
Have Set Hours
Working from home does have its perks. However, there is a temptation to work beyond your hours, work through breaks and even get into the habit of checking work emails in your personal time.
To maintain a work-life balance, it’s crucial to have set hours and stick to them, with downtime in your personal time to draw attention away from your work.
Avoid Taking on More Work Than You Can Handle
Alongside the temptation to work additional hours and through our personal time, it can be somewhat difficult to avoid taking on more work than we are capable of completing. Working from home can make it easier to say ‘yes’ to managers and peers.
Only take on what you can manage and avoid taking on more workload than is manageable. Otherwise, you may find yourself working beyond working hours with work eating into your personal time.
Keep Your Workspace Tidy
Numerous studies reveal that working in a clean and orderly workplace can create a positive impact, therefore improving productivity and overall happiness within employees. Clutter and mess can invoke the feeling of disorganisation and can make it difficult to focus on priorities, tasks, and projects.
Creating a tidy and organised workspace not only clears the mind and inspires a feel-good feeling but can also positively impact your emotional, professional, and psychological well-being. Try to avoid working on the sofa or at a dining table, and instead, create a dedicated workspace that can be easily shut away during your downtime.
Create an Environment That Motivates You
We know all too well that not all of us will have our very own home office or dedicated working space but, if possible, try to avoid working from your bed or sofa as this can inevitably make it increasingly difficult to separate work from your personal life.
Instead, create a working space separate from your relaxation space, with a desk and comfortable chair. It’s also great to work beside a window and recreate your office in your own work-from-home space, whether that be the addition of plants, a radio, motivational prints, or whatever inspires you most.
Find Co-Working Spaces in London
Fortunately, for professionals residing in London, there are various property developments where you can find separate working spaces and meeting rooms. Create your own workstations away from your personal space but still right on your doorstep.
Not only is Embassy Gardens home to London’s most exclusive pool, known as the sky pool, but it also features a private cinema, swimming pool, gym, lounge and concierge service. Here you can find the prestigious Edison Suite.
Described as a more sociable style of ‘working from home’, the Edison Suite is situated in the impressive development of Embassy Gardens. It is at the top of our list of co-working spaces in London. For those working from home (whether that be due to restrictions or out of preference) the Edison Suite offers relaxing workstations, with the option to book a meeting room if you’re looking for some privacy.
Located just a stones’ throw from the centre of Canary Wharf, Sailmakers is a pet-friendly development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, perfect for single professionals and families alike.
The development features a residents lounge, gym, cinema, club room, 24-hour concierge, and a business lounge that takes working from home to a new dimension. The co-working space is open 24 hours a day with super-fast WiFi, desktop computers and printing services.
Pan Peninsula is one of the most desirable places to own and rent property in London and has become an iconic landmark in Canary Wharf.
Residents of Pan Peninsula can benefit from exclusive access to the gym, swimming pool, cinema, and 24-hour concierge service. For remote workers, the business centre offers conference room facilities, alongside a meeting room and library full of books and resources. All residents of the Pan Peninsula development also enjoy free WiFi access.
Wardian offers something for everyone: luxury accommodation, innovative landscaping, five-star amenities, nearby stores, bars, restaurants, and convenient transport links.
The development offers a selection of architecturally designed suites, as well as, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments with a private balcony garden adorned with plants and succulents.
Residents of Wardian have plenty of choices for working spaces with the Observatory, Sky Lounge, a communal library, and two meeting rooms that can be booked out privately.
Located on the historic Leamouth Peninsula, Goodluck Hope is a new riverside community styled with an architectural edge, with a choice of studio to three-bedroom apartments. Residents of Goodluck Hope will benefit from exclusive onsite facilities including a fully-equipped gym, swimming pool, cinema, health spa, lounge, and a 24-hour concierge service.
The onsite business centre, also known as the Work House, provides a collaborative working space, with the option of visiting the development spa, sauna, or games room in your downtime.
Riverscape is a new development in the heart of the Royal Dock and is surrounded by extensive parkland. Featuring on-site cafes, restaurants, farmers markets and retail spaces, you have easy access to all kinds of essential and extravagant amenities.
For home workers, Riverscape residents have full use of The Sky Lounge, a private sanctuary on the top of the Deanston building that provides a co-working space, which can also host private dining or events. The Sky Lounge offers sweeping panoramic views over the River Thames, Canary Wharf, and beyond.
Described as London’s newest waterside neighbourhood, Millet Place is the embodiment of convenience, ease, and luxury living. With 154 private rental apartments and 82 affordable homes, Millet Place is a peaceful location that is ideal for Londoners searching for a sociable spot.
As a resident at Millet Place, you’ll be able to benefit from the residents’ lounge, which is the perfect place to relax and unwind with neighbours or friends. There’s also a co-working space situated within Millet Place to make the ideal work-from-home destination.
Get in touch with JOHNS&CO
If you have any other work-life balance tips, we would love to hear them! Or if you are interested in any of the developments listed above, our friendly team at JOHNS&CO are on hand to help you every step of the way.
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