Don’t get us wrong – we love having lots of people in our co-working offices in Dorset. However it’s really important to us that all of them to be happy and healthy rather than stressed through over working.

We are now more aware than ever before that trying to meet unrealistic deadlines and not dedicating enough time to decompress away from work can lead to mental health problems.

If you are finding you’re spending a disproportionate amount of time and energy at work compared to being at home and socialising then your work-life balance probably needs reviewing. Living to work rather than working to live is not a healthy position for anyone to be in.

Here we take a look at our top 5 simple tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance whilst flexible working.

1. Set achievable daily task lists

Having a ‘to do list’ is far from a novel idea. However if the contents of this list keeps growing and becoming unachievable then this process needs looking at. We suggest assigning time blocks for each of the items on your daily lists. This way you should be  able to complete each one during your normal working hours.

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Tidy desk help with maintaining a healthy work life balance.

2. Keep a tidy work space

Ensuring that your work station space is as clear as possible is a great way to remain focused on the tasks at hand and also help to keep your head space clear. Hide away your phone if you think it would help! This way there are less distractions and your productivity should increase. Co-working offices are great place to promote these values as individual’s belongings are taken away at the end of their session and you can start a fresh the next time you’re in.

3. Take time to interact with others

Whether it’s during your regular work hours with co-workers or catching up with your family and friends, interacting with others is a great way to relieve any work stresses. Make sure you dedicate some time each day to connect with others. It’s amazing how many problems can be solved by chatting them through with a friend or colleague.

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4. Do more of the things that make you happy

Whatever makes you happy, do more of it (provided it’s legit!). Whether it’s exercising, going for a stroll around the block during your lunch break, watching your favourite box set or having a glass or two of wine. If it makes you feel more like you then as Nike say – Just do it.

5. Know when to switch off

Flexible working has many positives but sometimes the boundaries of work time and home time can get confused. As well as assigning time blocks for daily tasks, make sure you set a going home time too. Knowing when to switch off is really important to maintain a healthy mindset at work. Nobody should be working themselves into the ground and becoming exhausted.

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One of the main aims of Purple Office is to help our guest businesses and individuals thrive. We’ve tried to ensure that our workspaces are designed with your wellbeing in mind. From different style work stations to endless free tea and coffee, all the finer details are in place to make it a relaxing and productive environment for everyone.