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Fake Commuting Can Improve WFH Work-Life Balance

18 February 21

Finding work-life balance is not an easy task, and when working from home it can be especially daunting. Luckily, there are some techniques that can help you set clear boundaries between the two. 

From having a dedicated workspace to setting strict work time frames – these are just a couple of the many ways to find more balance in work and life during these difficult times. But one of the most recent techniques that was brought to light is fake commuting.

Fake commuting may help you transition from work to personal time

Just think about it – people normally spend around 30 minutes commuting to work. That’s 30 minutes of alone time. Whether you walk, drive, ride a bike or read a book on the train – it’s 30 minutes of time to clear your mind and be with yourselves. Naturally, with fake commuting, you could experience the same benefits.

How should fake commuting look like, you ask? Well, it could be anything from a morning run, a short drive to the coffee shop, a walk with your dog – anything that gets you out of the house and gives you some quiet time. 

“Commuting was a great legitimate experience to set up a barrier between the outside world of work, family, [or] social life and demanding your attention,” clinical psychologist Dr. Jeannette Raymond told Business Insider. “‘Fake commute’ time is about setting up personal care boundaries — emotional oases and a guilt-free space [and] time to check in on themselves.”

Fake commuting can have additional benefits too

While fake commuting is great for balancing out work and life, it’s also a great opportunity to get active. With no commuting and no getting out of the house, a lifestyle can easily become extremely sedentary. Fake commuting is a great opportunity to get out of the house, go for a walk, and move your body!

As you can see, fake commuting has some great benefits not only for your work-life balance but your health as well. Next time you wake up in the morning, schedule that extra time to go for a walk, a run, grab some coffee, or anything else that would be somewhat similar to a commute!

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