Working from wherever you want to be in the world can be immensely freeing, it can also lead to a huge crash in your health and wellbeing.
If you want to thrive as a remote worker, we’ve got some tips that should keep you safe and feeling fine all the time.
You Need A Schedule
Boring. We know. But it’s true. If you want to define the line between work and play then the best way to do it is to set a routine and then keep to it.
Not only does this help you maintain a work-life balance but, in addition, it means that you won’t ever feel overwhelmed and stressed (which can lead to burnout – learn how to prevent burnout here).
A Workspace Should Be Conducive To Work
We’re not, in the slightest, suggesting that you turn into a compulsive neat freak (unless you’re already there) but we are saying you need a dedicated workspace.
And that your workspace should be free of excessive amounts of clutter and distractions. Creating a physical boundary for where work begins and ends is good for your mental health.
If you find your workspace is too noisy, consider learning how to soundproof it.
Don’t Let Working From Home Lead To Loneliness
Sure, time without interruptions is great. Time without any social contact at all, on the other hand? That’s a recipe for misery.
If you can then make sure you’re not only open to the company communication tools but you’re using them too.
If your work, like mine, doesn’t lead to too many chats on Slack – then make sure you create some space for a non-work social life, instead.
Video Calls Beat Phone Calls
Seeing people’s faces is an important part of being human and in this brave new world of mask-wearing, we’ve lost a lot of that in day-to-day life.
That makes it especially important to turn the video on for your Zoom calls and actually engage with people when you can.
Learn To Take Breaks
It’s scientifically proven, according to Forbes magazine, that workers that take regular breaks (of around 10 minutes) are more productive than those who don’t.
This is as true of working at home as it is of working in an office. Breaks let you clear your head and move around a bit to get the blood flowing properly again.
It’s not an indulgence to get away from the desk, it’s a necessity if you want to do your best.
We recommend that everyone does 30 minutes of exercise a day (see our guide on exercise for home workers) and that they eat a decent diet and get enough sleep.
These things aren’t optional if you want to be a successful remote worker, they are the cornerstones of life.
It can be super easy, trust me on this, to neglect this side of your life but if you do, you’re only going to regret it in the end.
We’ve got a simple guide to meditating while you’re working from home too. And we’d encourage everyone to spend some time being mindful each day.
This isn’t a bit of crazy cosmic wonder either, research shows, conclusively, that people who practice mindfulness are less stressed, more likely to have a sense of purpose and be productive than those who aren’t.
Learn To Set Boundaries With Your Boss And Team
Working from home cannot mean that you’re in the virtual office 24 hours a day. One of the benefits of setting a schedule is that you can communicate that schedule to others.
Once you’re done for the day, literally switch off. Whatever else needs doing can wait until tomorrow.
Be Compassionate To Yourself
This is super important, the biggest source of stress in most people’s lives is not their work or their homelife but themselves.
It’s OK to get things wrong and you need to be compassionate to yourself. Mistakes won’t break if you learn from them. Remember that you’re an ordinary person trying their best and then show yourself some love.
Learn From Each Day
Take a few minutes at the end of each day to reflect on what went well and also on what could have gone better.
If you think you’ve stumbled across a valuable piece of insight on personal productivity, take a moment to share it with your team too.
If you learn from each day, tomorrow can only be better.
Final Thoughts On Wellbeing
Taking care of your wellbeing as a remote worker doesn’t need to be super hard. It just means paying attention to the small details.
We hope our tips for remote work wellbeing have given you something that you can start doing today, to ensure your own wellbeing.