New Year New Goals!
Published on 07/02/2022
Revving up those New Year Goals
Can you believe we have already entered February 2022!! It’s time to revisit your plans for 2022 when it comes to your home and work life to see that you are on track.
With 2021 mixing our home sanctuary with our work, switching off from the pressures of work proved to be quite the challenge for those that had to work from home. According to research from Allianz Australia, 52% of Australians are looking forward to returning to “normal life” and 44% like the choice to work both in the office and remotely where possible.
Prior to the pandemic, the home was a sanctuary where we could switch off from the pressures of work and check in to our personal lives. Clinical psychologist Jaimie Bloch says, “2021 was full of curveballs and taxing on the mental health of employees and employers around Australia.
“The end of the year marks a moment to reset, restore and recover some balance, and a great way of doing this is by refreshing your home office outlook.
“Working from the bedroom or dining room table can cause the lines between work and personal life to blur. It’s important … to recharge and create mentally healthy workspaces for the New Year.”
Research by Allianz Australia reveals that while hope springs eternal, many respondents remain ambivalent about the state of the nation and our work/life balance in 2022. But, if home is where your heart and your work is, here are some tips on keeping some balance in your work and home life.
Tips for refreshing your home office and working from home
- Declutter any paper or items that you no longer need. Clean up your desk space and try to be minimalistic with desk items and decorations.
- Consider a new colour palette within your study. This subtle change can help with our mental state, including our thinking and creativity.
- Storage solutions are your friend! Check out homeware stores to get inspiration for new storage solutions and to see what’s possible.
- Maintain a regular routine. Humans are creatures of habit, so regular schedule is important.
- Be a home worker, not a lone worker. Communication really is key to not feeling isolated or alone.
- Give yourself a break. Making time for breaks is important to help manage feelings of stress. If possible, spend some time outdoors when you can. Set some time to go for a walk, run or bike ride for some fresh air, or a coffee.