The transition to work from home has blurred the line between work and personal life.
🙋 Raise your hand if you find difficulty in managing your time while working remotely.
However, with COVID-19 maintaining a work-life balance has become even more difficult.
As a result, employees are stressed more than ever, and they were actually having a hard time maintaining boundaries between professional and personal lives.
Most people tend to think that the perfect work-life balance means dividing the hours in your day evenly between Work and Personal Life.
Achieving the perfect work-life balance seems to be a tall order, especially when you’re in your home with no one to tell you to stop working and go take a break.
This poses the question: Is it possible to achieve a good work-life balance while working remotely?
Well, that's a million-dollar question. Yes, it's possible to have a successful professional career and a fulfilling personal life.
Learn how to strike a balance between work and personal life while working remotely from this blog post.
Whether you're new to working from home or you're a remote work pro, try these 8 actionable tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Without any further ado, let's dive in.
Table of Contents
- Set boundaries between Work and Home Life
- Have a designated area for work
- Effective Time Management
- Flexible Work hours
- Prioritize your health
- Figure Out Your “Me Time” After Work Hours to avoid burnout
- Use your Lunch Breaks & Short Breaks Effectively
- Refrain from Multitasking
👉 Work life balance questionnaire
8 Tips for achieving better Work-life balance for Remote Employees
Tip 1: Set boundaries between Work and Personal Life
Work-life balance is important. I know some people are married to work. It's better to block out time for your working hours and personal hours to take care of other responsibilities like playing with a child, doing household chores, and so forth. It's not wrong to spend some time for yourself and with your loved ones.
By establishing strict boundaries between professional and personal life, you can mitigate stress, avoid job burnout, and it can positively impact your wellness and productivity. Doing so, you don't have to juggle between work mode and life mode.
Don't forget to communicate about your work hours with your boss, co-workers and your family otherwise, you might find yourself answering work-related emails late at night, during vacations or on weekends off. This will help everyone understand the lines you have drawn to establish healthy boundaries.
Remember, you won't get any brownie points or incentive for working beyond work hours.
SideNote: Adopting a "No work at off-hours" policy at companies helps employees to detox from the work stress and makes them feel relaxed, energetic & happier to start at next day's work.
Tip 2: Have a designated area for work
When you work from home, distractions can be greater than in the office.
When you work from home, distractions can be greater than in the office.
Let's say for instance, if you work from your couch or dining table where you normally binge-watch your favorite Rom-Com or true-crime series, you might get distracted easily throughout the day. It is important to avoid distractions from your working environment, after that only you can focus on doing your work, which ultimately impacts your productivity.
In fact, 39% of employees find it difficult to disconnect from work when working from home.
So, it's best to choose a place in your home where you can work without any disturbance, and keep that space separate from other parts of your home, so you can easily unplug from your work when you're finished.
A dedicated workspace just for you can be created in even the smallest area in your home. Use this space exclusively for work.
Tip 3: Effective Time Management
Time management is one of the biggest challenges when working at home, remote workers easily lose track of time. Most individuals tend to ignore this phase. As a result, they end up getting overwhelmed by work at the end of the day with no time for themselves.
Nowadays, time management has become more than just a tool to improve productivity.
Time management is a very important aspect when it comes to having a proper work-life balance. However, you can’t improve your time management skills if you aren’t aware of how you spend your time.
There is always a fine line between work and family time, where the latter generally gets sacrificed.
While working remotely, you must manage your time accordingly to get productive results. A practical method for this is to invest in a time tracking app, which helps remote employees to track the time automatically & record the work hours and automatically generate a timesheet for the hours they have worked on, without manually entering the time logs.
Our Employee time Tracking app provides unique insights on how employees are spending their work time - including how much time is wasted on low-value tasks and non-work-related things and giving you real time, actionable insights to improve your time management.
Some remote employees use Pomodoro technique to optimize productivity and minimize burnout. However, work-life balance goals differ for each person.
You have to figure out when you are most productive, and you can begin scheduling your most challenging tasks during those hours and leaving you more time for other tasks to complete later in the day, without breaking a sweat.
To improve your time management skills, you may want to consider using productivity management software like TrackmyTime to determine where you spend most of your time and for how long, helps you to effectively use your time while working.⏰Time is something we can’t get back! That’s why it’s important to track your time and see if you’re really using it in the best possible way.
Tip 4 : Flexible Work hours
Flextime is a new buzzword after COVID, but in practice it is not widely adopted by organizations.
One of the biggest perks of remote work is greater flexibility. Nevertheless, many employers expect each employee to work at the fixed office work hours. When an employee is bounded to rigid work hours, they spend more time looking at the clock than actually focus on getting completing the work efficiently.
By setting firm hours while working from home can't be useful for employees and they get exhausted both physically and mentally. That's why employers need to embrace Flexible Work Hours and allow employees to work at the times that are best for them.
For example, if you and your wife are working people, then flexible work hours would be beneficial in this regard. One of them could work in the morning, while the other could work in the afternoon. With different working hours, it becomes easier to share home duties and chores.
At YAALI, we offer FlexTime for our employees by allowing our team members to choose their work hours and work type(Work from Home/Work from Office) because we trust ourselves and one another to complete the task on-time and get the job done efficiently.
90% of our employees say that having a flexible work time would have a “huge” or “positive” impact on their quality of life.
Tip 5: Prioritize your health
You should take care of your health (Physically and Mentally). If you are not in good shape, you become logy and won't do your work perfectly and your personal life will also be affected by that.
Some people consume alcohols and tobacco as 'self-medication' to relieve work-related stress and anxiety, but it actually increases anxiety and tension, which causes even more problems and puts your health in jeopardy.
So make yourself healthy by eating at the right time, do some exercise in the morning or evening and if you feel drowsy during the day, a quick nap might do wonders to your body which solve your mid-afternoon slump.
If you follow these activities day-in & day-out, which helps you to focus on your work, reduce the risk of burnout, and make you an ebullient and productive person.
Tip 6: Figure Out Your “Me Time” After Work Hours to avoid burnout
Listening to music, reading, or catching up on the news are all things we generally do while traveling to and from the office. This "me time" is compromised when working remotely. It can be hard to detach from work at the end of the day if your workstation and your living area are in the same area.
When you work from home, you may find it difficult to log off at a certain time, especially if you still have several tasks that need to be completed within the week. However, you still need personal time to unwind and spend some time with your family. Bear in mind, that if you can't balance your work life and personal life that's where your balance is broken.
That's why you need to prepare some plans in advance for what you are going to do after the work hours are over, like happy hours drink with a friend, going for a blind date and watching movies with your family, etc.
You'll be more inclined to stop work outside your work hours if you have planned things you need to do at the end of your workday. This will keep your spirits up and your mental health in excellent condition. So make sure to have some "ME Time".
Tip 7: Use your Lunch Breaks & Short Breaks Effectively
Working in an office usually consists of regular coffee breaks, lunch breaks and other short breaks. However, employees who work from home feel guilty about taking such breaks.
Don't feel guilty to take periodic breaks in between work, which eliminates physical stress and reducing the overall work stress, and your mental health may also take a hit if you work for longer hours without taking breaks.
Taking short breaks during the work hours to nourish yourself or getting up from your desk for a stretch can recover you from fatigue and make you feel engaged and more productive. Using your break time to get out and do something that will make you feel better about yourself.
Taking a lunch break helps you to re-energize your body and mind. So, utilize your lunch time to clear your head by chit-chat with your friends or co-workers and enjoy your meal mindfully.
If you're working in an office, it'd be even better if you go for a walk outside the office premises after lunch. Upon returning to work, you feel more rejuvenated and relaxed, resulting in higher productivity. Remember that you should enjoy your downtime to re-energize yourself, don't work on that time.
Make sure to follow the amount of time you set for the break and not go beyond it when you're working remotely.
Tip 8: Refrain from Multitasking
When working remotely, it's easier to get caught in multiple jobs. It can be tempting to clean your room and fold your clothes while you're working, but it's more distracting than it is useful. A scattered mind usually results in a low-quality output.
Maintain a good work-life balance is all about prioritization. So, it's better to focus on a single task at a time rather than trying to multitask and complete a variety of tasks at once. A simple to-do list can streamline your workday and tasks, help you to complete the task faster, and the quality of those completed tasks will be better.
Make sure to complete the task within the scheduled date and time. Otherwise, they’ll be carried forward to the next day or week, which can make you to overwork for completing the tasks.
💡 Bonus Tip: Get feedback from your employees about how they handle their personal and professional life while working remotely.
Work-Life Balance Questionnaire
Time-to-time assessment of the employees is an essential thing for providing a well-balanced work life.
If you are an employer or team leader reading this, I have listed down 10 essential questions that you need to ask your employees right now:
- Are you often working beyond your specified work hours?
- Do you feel you have a good balance between work and life?
- Are you capable of handling the workload you are currently assigned?
- Is your work schedule giving you time to spend with your friends and family?
- Are you experiencing burnout or illness caused by work?
- Have you got enough time to destress after a long day at work?
- Work has forced you to ignore personal commitments. Has this ever happened to you?
- How do you maintain boundaries between your professional and personal lives?
- Is it difficult for you to complete your work tasks on your own?
- Is the company's culture supportive of your needs?
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is differ for each person- whether you're single, married or you have kids at home with you. So you need to figure out what works best for you to work productively and this process may take multiple attempts, so start with small changes and work from there.
When employees are balanced between work and personal life, they become healthier, happier, more productive, showing greater engagement at work, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay at their jobs long-term and encouraging employees to achieve a good balance between professional and personal life will also help improve the company’s overall Work Culture.
Hopefully, these 8 simple tips will set you on the right path to achieve a better work-life balance.
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