Remote work is growing. According to GetApp, there has been a 400% growth in people who work remotely since 2010. In addition, Buffer reports that 99% of people would choose to work remotely, even if only part-time, for the rest of their careers.
Whether or not you prefer working from home, it is valuable to know how to work from home effectively. You must pay attention to your health, hobbies, and activities, or you may start to see some negative consequences of working in a more relaxed environment.
There is a danger in not following a morning routine.
Working remotely saves you the hassle of a morning commute, but this does not mean you should roll out of bed and right into work. You should aim to stick to a morning routine that works for you. Whether you like to meditate, exercise, or catch up on the news over a cup of coffee, do what fits your lifestyle. If you are supposed to start work at 8 a.m. and wake up at 7:55, you are not giving yourself a good start to the day. Give yourself time to complete your regular morning routine.
Take time away from your work.
While remote work comes with the perk of no commute time, it is easy to fall into the trap of constantly working. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of starting your day sooner and working later into the evening since you are already at home. However, this is a bad habit because you will begin to make you and your loved ones feel like you spend all your time working. To avoid this, be sure to sign off for the day at the end of your typical workday.
Even if you work in a home office with the doors shut, there are distractions all around you. Whether you get tempted to do some housework, such as make a batch of cookies or put in a load of laundry, be careful about how you spend your time during the workday. It is good to take small breaks throughout your day, but make sure they do not start taking up more and more of your day. It may be helpful to set a timer to keep yourself on track.
Practice mindful eating and stay active.
In the workplace, you frequently must pay for snacks in the vending machine. At home, all the food is there for the taking, already paid for. Your fitness routine may be thrown off, too, especially if you are accustomed to working out on your way to or from work. You should keep an eye on your eating habits when working remotely and schedule a time to be active. This could mean going for a short walk around the block or pausing for a yoga break. The intention is to try and eat mindfully and stay active while working from home.
You can work from home successfully if you keep yourself accountable. You should make a reasonable schedule for your work and try to adhere to it as much as possible. Ensure you stay mindful about how you spend your time and look for ways to get up from your laptop. You can be productive and still enjoy the perks of working remotely by striving to avoid the bad habits above. And this will help you thrive.
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