Working from home was a concept that was considered a no-no for many non-
technology companies, until Covid-19 hit. The year 2020 was phenomenal in
forcing a mindset change to many ways of operating, one of them being the
whole idea of working from home...
Hearing first-hand from employees that their company revenue metrics surged
despite the workforce working from home, the truth homed in. It was evident
that with less travel time and expenses, employees had improved work
Further to that, workers reported that they were well rested hence felt
reduced stress and hopefully on the way to a healthy life.
While many were resistant to a mindset change in the past, especially when
organisations organised corporate trainings, the great re-set was proof that
change happens fast when the need arises.
So, being open to new ways of operating is all that is needed, to lead a directed
life towards reduced stress and improved work productivity. If you are one who has the option to continue working from home, good for you.
As a Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer, I say this with my hand on my
Understanding how to make profound change easily and fast is what I
help people do.
The only thing I look for is that the person is open to learning new things and
come to the fore of their own accord, without any pressure from family or
So what I share in this article is from an NLP perspective. In many ways these
tips will help direct your mind to great results like reduced stress and improved
Healthy Work-life Balance Tips for Working From Home (WFH)
1. Keep the connection with others
It is an important time to relate and communicate with colleagues so
keep the corridor of conversation open. Human beings need the
emotional connection to balance IQ, EQ and SQ.
Don’t feel guilty to pick up the phone and have a chat to a colleague
when you need a break. However you do need rules around how long
you chat for. This refresher is important for reduced stress.
2. Set daily rules based on your Cicadian rhythms
If you are a morning person, schedule activities that require your
greatest focus. Working with your natural energy patterns will yield
improved work productivity.
Observe your patterns and plan your week based on this. Do this so you
create work-life balance which leads to a healthy life. You will see results
within a few weeks.
3. Create time for yourself
Working from home can get serious so it is fundamental that you build
space in your schedule for some personal time. Whether to hang on the
phone with a friend or listen to music, this is rejuvenates energy.
When we are joyous we feel good. This cycle allows for energy to top up
and give you a refreshed feeling. Laughter is the best medicine. An old
adage that still holds true which leads to reduced stress.
4. Choose a practice you love
To create work-life balance we must rejuvenate from the mind, body,
spirit angles. A physical exercise regime to swim or jog at a certain time
of day, augurs well for the unconscious mind to engage rigorously.
From the spiritual dimension, whether prayer or meditation are your
choices, that is up to you. These are important practices to have a
sustainable and healthy life.
5. Anchor your workspace
When working from home, this is probably the most important point to
generate improved productivity. Your unconscious mind is an obedient
mind. If you give her orders, she will know what you want.
So, give her orders by working from the same place daily. Write
proposals in one part of your home and take calls in another. Do the
same activity in the same place every day.
6. Be outcome driven
Set goals for yourself daily and weekly. Acknowledge small wins that
encourage you to achieve even more. This is how you strive to achieve a
Directing your unconscious mind is gravely important. It forces you to
focus and this is where resilience is built. When working from home this
is a fundamental practice to set and achieve work-life balance.
I hope you realise now that the unconscious mind is fundamentally where a
mindset change occurs. Knowing how to work it to the fullest, yields
reduced stress hence a healthy life in the long run.
With mental health eroding globally, many people suffer from anxiety that
is exacerbated further by working from home. A work-life balance is easily
achieved if you implement some of the tips I have shared
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Sylvia is a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Trainer. She started her business in Sydney and is now based in Singapore.