How to separate work and personal, and not die trying

April 16, 2022
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2022 and the world goes around a computer. That is amazing and also that could suck. We spend most of our time in front of a screen. Sometimes working, sometimes playing, but how to draw the line? As millions of us face the prospect of working from home for the foreseeable future, it will be increasingly important to build a virtual barrier between your digital work and social lives.

So, here are some rules to live (and work) by:

Rule 1: Keep different Profiles

The first and easiest way to split your work and personal lives on one computer is to create multiple desktops — or profiles as we called them in Rambox.

In these profiles, you can have the option to share sessions within multiple apps, so you only have to log in once, or private sessions to sign in to multiple accounts of the same service.

This helps you create an entire environment only for one purpose: Work, Personal, Play and so on. That allows you to keep your desk clean and we know that an organized desk helps to have an organized mind 😉

Rule 2: Respect your profiles

If one of your profiles is for your hobbies, extra activities and others, do not answer work emails from there or enter Slack.

Keeping the profiles separate will help you get used to moving from one role to another in your day-to-day life and not get mixed up (and end up working at 2 am!). Or worse, sending an email to the wrong person. Best advice: Stick to your plan.

Rule 3: Have clear limits

In addition to having different profiles within your computer, putting together a more solid line between work and your leisure time will help you not mix up and finally be able to relax.

These limits can be of schedules (in Rambox you can set when to start receiving notifications or when not, we called “work hours”), they can also be of spaces (move or use different spaces within your house for different profiles) or clothing. According to Art Markman, a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author “Bring Your Brain to Work”, dressing up for work can be a good solution. “We’ve all learned a set of habits about what it means to be acting professionally, and those physical reminders of it keep us in the right emotional and mental state”, he said.

“It means you don’t have to keep track of what space you’re in” he added. “You just have to look down and you’ve got a nice shirt on, you must be working.”

Whatever you choose, the key is to get organized and create space for everything. Keep it organized, keep it happy 🙂

Rambox is a platform to manage all your multiple profiles on your computer. The easiest way to keep it clean, fun and organized. If you haven’t tried Rambox yet, go here to start now.

Stay productive!

 

April 16, 2022
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