Nowadays, amid the pandemic, remote work has been seen as commonplace for many. And we must agree there are many perks to working at home: your office can be anywhere, you set your own schedule and ultimately you learn to be more independent.
However, it’s common that it can be difficult to find a work-life balance. With your pets or your kids running around while you’re in business meetings, your work and personal lives seem to collide. According to a Harvard Business survey, 94% of working professionals claim they work 50+ hours when working remotely, which is on average, 10 hours more than the typical 40 hours per week in the office.
Maintaining a good work-life balance is important to prevent burnout and to live and lead a happier life. So we thought we would share our « life proof » tips with you.
Tip #1: Start with Setting Physical Boundaries - Have a Dedicated Workspace.
By having a defined workspace, the focus is real and you’re able to stay productive. Don’t bring your laptop to the dinner table and don’t bring lunch to your working area. It’s important to know exactly where you’re working and where you’re having your « offline » time and keep those areas separated (especially in your own head!).
Make sure to also organize your remote office space. Have your coffee cup, journal, and a pen at hand. This way, everything is easily accessible and you’ll work that much more efficiently without giving yourself excuses to walk around the house. Essentially, create your own office!
According to iofficecorp, organizations and companies that support a remote work lifestyle boost employee retention rates by 10%. Choose your own workspace and make it good!
Tip #2: Set Your Working Hours.
Because of the current situation, our work and personal lives are happening at the same place - at home, you must set working hours to boost productivity and to stay healthy. It’s easy to work around the clock because your laptop will always be right next to you. However, set a schedule and stick with it.
For example, if you’re at a full-time position, stick with the 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM lifestyle. Set working hours for yourself, because now that it’s remote, no one else will. Don’t overwork yourself or it’ll lead to burnout.
A 2020 Gallap survey stated that over 44% of US employees feel burnout at least once in their lives. Don’t be a part of that statistic, be the 56%! :)
Tip #3: Unplug & Take Breaks.
It is extremely important to take breaks. To all our workaholics out there, it’s easy to simply workday to night as it might always be on your mind. You’re already working so hard, so take a breather, unplug and take breaks!
According to Connect Solutions, the top 10% productive workers in the US take breaks every hour or so for 15 minutes.
Anne Lamot once said, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug for a few minutes… including you.”
Tip #4: Avoid Multitasking.
Multitasking: the word that haunts us all. As we’re sitting by our laptop all day with Zoom calls, campaigns to work on, and more, it’s so easy to be distracted and start doing everything all at once. We’ve all been there but we must understand that multitasking hinders productivity.
To avoid multitasking, wake up every morning and create a daily list of priorities for that day. Rank them in order of importance for that day and start to tackle each task one at a time. By doing so, you’ll feel accomplished by completing each task. Platforms like Trello and Google Calendar are our personal favorites. Use whatever works for you - the classic journaling is great as well.
Want more proof? According to Coschedule, studies have found that multitasking limits your productivity by 40%. Add that 40 % back to your day by taking it one task at a time.
We hope these tips are going to be helpful to you in one way or another and be sure to implement them in your daily lives. Do you have your own personal tips to share with our community? Holla at us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we mentioned earlier, take it a day at a time and happy working! :)