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Maintaining Work-Life Balance - while Working Remotely

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Almost a year back, working from home has been a pleasure for many employees, but things have changed right now; everyone is looking for the lockdown to get over and step into office cabins. The main reason for this is no proper life balance on remote work.

The saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." While it might not have made sense before, it perfectly suits the current Remote work jobs.

I'm damn sure that you're facing major burnout with work-life balance, which made you find this article. On the other hand, a survey says that 77% of workers aspiring to maintain remote work post-pandemic, and 65% declare their productivity has improved since working from home.

Better Productivity

That sounds fine and great, but what about your wellness when operating from home? Remote work is here to stay for quite a while and permanently for some companies, so you want to increase your productivity and take care of yourself in the long run.

When you work from home, it can be confronting to grasp your work life separate from your personal life, even more so when everyone in your family is home all the time. And that's ok! We're sure at the end of this article the art of balancing work and home will become your habit. Increasing productivity is not rocket science, and everyone can ace it.

Have a Routine

Don't be a personality who gets off late and starts pulling straight away by checking your emails and social media, which is highly not recommended.

Rather, you must have a routine for yourself and stick to it. For example, "I have a morning cycle: I wake up at 6.30, do some amazing workouts, take a bath, eat a healthy breakfast and listen to heart cycle". Then get into your office work, check messages in slack, and start the day.

Having a morning routine and more flexibility will help you move ahead with the further work you perform. This will surely boost your energy and keep you fruitful and excited throughout the day.

Separate Workspace

While working from the office, you will have a separate cubicle, and no one will bother or interfere with you until the work is achieved. You need to understand the same in the remote work journey.

It's a colossal blunder to work in various rooms, really any space around your home, because you think it won't mean. You don't have an office allocated for you in a different building somewhere. But that's precisely what you need to own at home now.

Have a separate workspace at home which saves time on traveling. For example, having a particular area to place your work desk and laptop and adding other office stuff to your space to feel like you're operating from your office.

Also, say no to pyjamas and practice working in flexible dress to wear casual/ cozy clothes. So that you would feel like, "I'm going to do something productive today." Whether the space is near the balcony or beside the bedroom, it should be determined solely for office ends.

Be assured that your family must acknowledge when you will be at work to know when you can't be interrupted unless it's essential. I can catch you saying, "What about family?" I'll come to this part later.

This decision may not be as much of a dilemma for some people, but most of us require a definite workspace to endure productivity and saving of extra expenses of commute.

Ignore Negativities

Almost every country is suffering COVID-19 second wave, which caused substantial death tolls. You oughtn't to pretend everything is OK! When it isn't, be conscious of the latest news and stay confident. The positive environmental impact creates a better work-life balance when you spend more time with loved ones.

At the same time, don't expose too much to negative news (Deaths and cases increase) and people who spread hated rumors. Learning to cope with fear and enduring the situation are the most immeasurable methods to stay positive under the current conditions by creating a custom environment.

Unplug & Alarm to stop Working

Brian Dyson, former Vice Chairman and COO of Coca-Cola, once said: "Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life."

It is bliss to manage work and life when you have location independence. However, friends and family are often ignored because we prioritize our work more than anything else. Try to unplug from your work and engage with your family, have a video chat with your colleagues (no work topics) by creating a positive environmental impact. Have a call with your beloved friend and talk about today's share market trade.

Also, while doing complex assignments, set the alarm to stop working and take a pause of 15 minutes every 2 hours. If you're in the office, you will visit the restaurant three blocks ahead of your office during lunch breaks, and after chit-chatting, you will be back in the office cubicle. So, follow the same in a remote life journey and take needed breaks.

Keep Learning

Learning new skills will be challenging in these circumstances because you need to perform your office routine, take care of the children, and complete home chores. So fix an hour to learn a new skill, upgrade your knowledge, and you don't need to be a perfectionist. Constant learning will bring progression to your career as compounding does.

And, if you're looking to work from home permanently, AppExert can help! Explore our platform and learn how.

Ganesh Uthiravasagam
Associate software developer

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