TIPS ON REMOTE WORKING: WORK-LIFE BALANCE
“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.”
―Heather Schuck, The Working Mom Manifesto
For all of you who are now working from home with its joys, highs, lows, and so on; we have put together some tips on maintaining the balance which is so required for sanity and productivity. Happy reading!
Here are our tips on work-life balance while working remotely:
Set Schedules – So what if you are not working in a physical space with working hours and so on? Why not set up some for you, it’s good for work and good for discipline. Therefore, you will be able to plan your days better and manage a fine balance between work and life.
Communication Tools To Indicate Your Working Hours – Software tools such as Slack and Google calendar are two which come to my mind right away. Use these tools to let team members and others know your availability and working hours, especially if you are dealing with different time zones. By letting everyone know your work hours, you won’t be disturbed in off-work hours.
Errands As Breaks – Working from home as its advantages. One is doing personal chores or running errands in the form of breaks in your day, away from your workstation. This is a good way to take a break and get your personal tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and accomplished.
Life After Work – Make sure that after a certain hour if you shed your work persona. Devote time to your loved ones and you, attend hobby classes, go for exercise, or just meet relatives over dinner. This will motivate you to step away from your workstation otherwise you might end up as a workaholic.
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Get Ready For Work Daily – Even if you work from home doesn’t mean you can be organized for the day just as if you were going to the office. Be productive right from the morning: shower, shave, get dressed, and eat a good breakfast on time before settling down for the work of the day.
Distinct Workstation – You need to invest in a dedicated workspace that is free and away from distractions and clutter. A place you can lock yourself away and be free with focus and a clear mind. Keep it distinct and only for work, so you can log-off mentally when done as well.
Eat Meals – Working from home doesn't mean eating hurried meals or skipping them. Make sure you eat your meals on time and at a relaxed pace. The meals should be healthy, light, and devoid of processed and packaged goods.
Take Walks – Make sure you step away from your desk once an hour for at least 5 minutes. Stretch your legs; give your eyes a break. Take a walk around the house or if you are lucky, the garden. Nature freshens everyone. Take advantage and get some exercise.
We hope the above tips will improve the work-life balance for all of you who work from home. Working from home is liberating and stressful at the same time. It’s up to you how to make it a pleasurable and long-term experience. The power is with you.