How to Create a Healthy Work-life Balance as a Remote Worker
Working remotely has several benefits, including greater flexibility, no stressful commuting, and the freedom to customize your workspace. However, it can create strain on a healthy work-life balance if you are not intentional about schedule, work flow, and collaboration. If you’re a parent or caretaker, it’s especially important to have a healthy balance so that you can be your best for your family after work is done for the day.
Here’s a few practical tips on maintaining a healthy work-life balance without losing productivity.
A schedule goes a long way in helping you maintain a healthy work-life balance while working remotely. Whether this schedule is mandated by your supervisor or left up to you, consistency is key. A set schedule will help you and your team settle in for the day and stay on task, but also let you disconnect when the work day is over.
A consistent schedule includes a start time, meal breaks, and end time. For the most part, it’s best to keep personal things for before and after your scheduled work time. However, for those working remotely with young children, it may be beneficial to schedule in a few blocks per day to accomplish personal tasks or to care for the children.
Working from home looks different for every individual, so it’s important to create a schedule that allows you to maintain balance without feeling over-stressed.
“Go to Work” Every Day
It is important to keep as much structure as possible while working remotely. A great way to do this is by “going to work” every day – even when “work” is home.
What’s was your typical routine when you were going to the office? Start your day in the same way when working remotely. Getting up and getting dressed before starting your day is an easy start. You might not need to put on a full suit at home, but changing out of pajamas and into designated work clothes helps your brain get into the right headspace for the day.
The other key factor to maintaining structure while working from home is having a designated office space. Even if you aren’t able to have a typical desk set up, you can still designate a “work zone” in your home. Maybe it’s your kitchen table or your back patio, but, wherever it is, you know that when you’re there, it’s work time.
Once you pick this space, keep it organized! Eliminating clutter helps keep your mental space clear, too.
Catch up With Your Colleagues
When you work from home, you lose out on the social aspect of the office. However, just because things are different doesn’t mean teamwork and collaboration aren’t still possible.
One way to collaborate while working remotely is to create smaller teams within your main team. This provides more opportunities to collaborate closely and ask questions, keeping your team in regular communication. Additionally, something as simple as starting the day with a 15-minute team meeting can set the tone for the rest of the work day by helping your team feel more unified.
Don’t be afraid to think outside-of-the-box for ways to connect with your team. Schedule a “Zoom Lunch” with a few colleagues you’d like to get to know better and have a casual chat while eating your lunch! Or, gather your team together over video call at the beginning of the month to celebrate upcoming birthdays or holidays.
Working remotely has its challenges, no doubt. If it’s not something you were doing before the pandemic, it has most likely been a bit of a learning curve to figure out how to maintain your ideal work-life balance But, with the support of your team and some intentional structure, working from home can be both productive and rewarding.
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