Here are my five tips!

Almost all of you probably are working from home at the moment. And I’ve been talking to lots of you, and one of the issues that’s come up again and again is that of boundaries. The boundaries are totally blurred now between work and home. Here are five tips for you to try to create boundaries.

# Huddle

Now the first one is to have a huddle in the morning. It’s a really nice thing actually to do to top and tail your day. Have a huddle, not with family, but with a work colleague, with a manager, or with accountability group, or group of people who are in a similar position. Get together. It could be five minutes, 10 minutes, on Zoom or FaceTime, or something of that sort, and talk about you want to get accomplished for the day. And then you can have a huddle at the end of the day for five, 10 minutes, or even on email, and let them know what you’ve accomplished.

# Clothing

Dress up for work. Don’t put on your skirt, tights, heels, or if you are a man, your suits. You don’t have to go to those lengths. But put something on that isn’t your pyjamas, your tracksuit bottoms, or the stuff you might be wearing on a Sunday, for example. So it feels separate.

# Tech

The third thing would be to isolate technology. Try and have a separate device that is work, and a separate device that’s home as well. That could be really important.

# Space

Have a separate space if you possibly can. So try not to work in the kitchen but have a very sort of clear, separate area where you work so that you’ve got that distinction in your mind that this is a place that I chill, and this is a place where I relax, basically. Now, it’s not possible for everyone, but if you possibly can, have that separate area.

# Clear Tasks

Have very clear tasks. Know exactly what it is you want to get accomplished. And when that’s done, have your huddle and go.

Maybe you just take on one of those. Maybe you take on a couple. Maybe you do all five of those. But take what you’ve got the bandwidth for at the moment. See if it works. If it does, bed it in, move on to the next tip. Or if that one thing has done the job for you and created that feeling of separation, then fantastic. Any comments or questions on this or feedback, drop me an email, [email protected]

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  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.