Working remotely is often something considered relatively simple on paper but can turn into a wild adventure in practice. For some, finding a balance between working and enjoying life can be tricky, so it pays to keep a few things in mind.
As a business owner with a whole team of people who all work remotely, I can assure you that the work style isn’t for everyone, despite its clear advantages. Thankfully, I’ve learned at least a couple of things to help find a work-life balance that works for me and can potentially work for you.
In today’s blog, I’ll explore a few techniques to help ensure you don’t lose your mind if you’re working remotely. If you’re curious about how to work from home, or you’re looking for some help finding your work-life balance, this could be a great read.
Routine Routine Routine
Having a routine for work isn’t anything new; we’ve all had to do the morning commute to the office. However, when you’re working remotely, you’ll quickly realize that there isn’t anything enforcing a routine; it’s just you. As a result, building a routine and then sticking to it is arguably the most vital skill for remote work.
Wake up at a regular time and complete a task or two that focuses on you. This can be as simple as having a shower or doing morning yoga. Either way, creating a routine reduces mental fatigue and makes it easier to segway into your work.
Your routine isn’t limited to the morning either, with a routine for ending off the work day being arguably as vital, helping you to switch off and relax when you can.
Know Your Active Hours
I’m not a morning person; I’ve accepted it at this point. Thankfully, I’m not forcing myself to wake up early to go to an office. Instead, I wake up a little later and adjust my schedule accordingly.
Knowing your peak hours is a considerable asset and ensures you can get your best work done on your terms. This helps you become more productive and stay motivated as the day continues.
Working remotely can make it hard to switch off as your time begins to shift into a single amorphous blob. This, in surprise, is exhausting if left unchecked. Once you have a routine and know your peak hours of activity, it’s time to start defining your limits as well.
Have a finishing time locked into your day and stick to it. Sign off and focus on your own personal time. Having a boundary like this keeps you from sliding into a constantly “working” state and can be a massive asset for reducing anxiety and stress.
That’s it for today’s entry! Check out my other blogs for more thoughts on the latest development in the digital industry and the challenges of entrepreneurship in the online world.
Until then, see ya later!