How To Create Clear Work-Life Boundaries While Working Remotely
Working from home has become increasingly popular with many benefits that include flexible working hours, increased productivity, zero-commute, extra quality time spent with your loved ones, and so much more. Remote work allows you to shape your schedule around your life that suits you best. Ultimately, it can be challenging to balance work and personal life when working remotely.
Everyone has different ways of achieving and defining what it means to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Here are 6 tips that you can follow to maintain a balanced work-life. Let’s get right into it!
1. Carve Out A Work Schedule
Much like working from a physical office with fixed office hours, creating and sticking to a schedule can help you build a consistent routine. This will boost your productivity and let you get important tasks done on time without your bosses hounding you (nobody likes or wants that). Having a fixed schedule can help you maintain a healthy balance between work life and personal life to alleviate some of the stress from working long hours.
Start with producing a weekly work schedule (and it doesn’t have to be the same every day). Be flexible and change it up every other day to see which schedule keeps you the most productive. For instance, if you think you’d be more focused by starting the day earlier at 8:30AM and finishing by 5:30PM, by all means, do it! Just make sure all your daily responsibilities and tasks are complete.
2. Set Up A Dedicated Working Space
It can be tempting to set up an office in your home anywhere; the favourite places are either on the bed or on the sofa as there are no fixed rules as to where or how you should work. You might find yourself giving the excuse that it is more comfortable that way but, in reality, it creates a distraction and promotes an unhealthy work-life balance (and you may drift back into dreamland when you choose to remain on your bed because, well, I’ve been there).
Instead, organize a working space and only allow yourself to work in that designated area. That way, it can prevent work from spilling into your personal life by limiting the time and place you should work.
3. Take Timed Breaks
It can be easy to lose track of time by moving from one task to another without taking any breaks in between. You have to remind yourself that even though it is essential to work hard, it is also crucial to work smart. Give yourself 15-minute breaks every one and a half hours and go for a quick walk around the neighbourhood or spend some time with your family members.
Think of it this way, if you were in the office, stopping for toilet and lunch breaks are necessary. Working remotely follows the same concept. This will let you maintain a healthy balance between your work life and personal life.
4. Get Regular Exercise
Most people forget the importance of getting regular exercise when working at a 9-5 job. Sitting in front of a desk facing the computer for hours on end without any movement can be unhealthy for your body.
Now that you have the opportunity, accommodating exercise into your schedule/routine can promote a healthy work-life balance. If you don’t have enough time to head to the gym, simple activities like taking your dog for a walk, completing house chores, or even a quick yoga routine at home can improve blood circulation and reduce stress.
5. Make Time For Yourself
As human beings, we tend to immerse ourselves in work and forget our other basic needs. Before we know it, we may end up getting sick due to excessive stress. It is important to put yourself (mentally and physically) first when things get too overwhelming.
Setting aside some time for yourself refreshes your mind, which then keeps you focused and energised to tackle other tasks. Prioritising exercise, hobbies, meditation, or anything that keeps you happy can melt away some of your stress. That way, it can positively impact your capability to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
6. Put Your Work Away At The End Of The Day
It can be hard to power off and unplug from your workday which can decrease your work-life balance when you’re at home. To have a healthy balance between the two, you need to learn that it is time to stop and leave your work when the allotted time for the end of office hours arrive.
Shut down your computer, close all open tabs, and leave your designated workspace. Do not return unless you (absolutely) need to and only switch on your computer on the next working day. Celebrate the end of a stressful day by watching your favourite TV series. This helps your brain realize that it is time to rest, recover, and relax.
In the end, it is essential to have a healthy work-life balance when working remotely. Studies show that remote workers have more job satisfaction and are more effective in getting tasks done on time. The best thing about working remotely is the freedom that comes with it! You are entitled to choose the kind of schedule that performs best for you to keep you happy and productive at the same time.