As a member of a fully remote team, we don’t need to tell you about the benefits of working from home. You’re already well aware of the increased flexibility that comes with not being stuck in an office from 9 to 5 (or in a car for an hour-long commute). But you may have also noticed that the line between your professional life and personal life has started to blur.
When you spend all day living and working in the same space, it can be difficult to switch from home mode to work mode – and vice versa. Never leaving your office might make you the definition of a perfect employee, but it can be tempting to keep your computer open long after hours, leading to inevitable overwhelm and burnout. We encourage our assistants to maintain a healthy work-life balance by implementing the following strategies.
Set Clear Boundaries
Establishing clear boundaries is essential when working from home. This includes setting specific work hours and sticking to them as closely as possible. Make it clear to your family or housemates when you’re working and need uninterrupted time. Conversely, when your workday is over, make an effort to fully disconnect from work-related tasks.
It’s also important to designate technology-free time, as constant connectivity can blur the lines between work and personal life. Set boundaries for technology use, such as turning off work-related notifications after work hours. This will prevent the temptation to check emails or messages during your personal time.
Designate a Dedicated Workspace
Create a designated workspace that is separate from your living area if possible. This will help you mentally transition from home mode to work mode. Regardless of whether or not you have a home office, your workspace should be comfortable, well-organized, and free from distractions. Invest in a good chair and ergonomic equipment to ensure physical comfort during work hours.
Establish a Routine
Maintaining a daily routine can help you create a sense of structure and normalcy. Start your day as you would if you were going to the office: wake up at the same time, get dressed, and have a morning routine. Designate regular break times and lunch breaks to give your day structure and prevent overworking.
Practice Time Management
Effective time management is key to achieving work-life balance. Use techniques like the Pomodoro method to break your workday into focused, manageable chunks. This not only boosts productivity but also ensures you take regular breaks.
We’re always looking for motivated individuals who possess the qualities above to join our growing base of virtual assistants. If you know someone who would love the flexibility to work from anywhere and have a meaningful impact on their client’s businesses, refer them to email@example.com. Learn more about becoming an assistant here.