Working remotely can be very lonely. These days, more companies realise that employees who can work from the comfort of their own home are less stressed and spend more time working rather than worrying about the commute.
However, the remote lifestyle is sometimes so seductive, and we lose track of what matters most. But it is important that remote workers make a deliberate effort to strike the right work-life balance because if you don’t, it can take a toll on your health.
Here, we look at a few tips that will help you stay on top of your health when working remotely.
Create a dedicated workspace
When working from home, we spend many hours of the workday focused on our work, whether it is from a computer monitor or staring at our phone screen. Your workspace is the place where you’ll spend most of your time day-to-day. It’s important to create an environment that’s conducive to keeping your productivity high. By creating a designated remote workspace that works best for you, you’ll be able to increase your efficiency and take care of business in comfort. Plus, a properly defined workspace means less risk of working in an environment that will affect your health. You’ll have the proper equipment and the right set up to care for your health and keep you productive at the same time.
Working remotely and being productive is one of the hardest things you can do while working from home. The most commonly known benefits of working remotely include no dress code, no commute time, no daily office and fewer distractions. However, many self-managing teams get too caught up in the moment with tasks, forgetting to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. This should not happen to you. Take time to enjoy life outside work. Schedule regular short breaks and be sure to take an hour every day for your lunch.
Even if you are working from home, it is important that you are always in touch with the people that matter, so that your efficiency and productivity does not drop. In fact, several studies have shown that when worker productivity suffers, it’s mostly due to a lack of connection to their colleagues and company. Staying connected can be as simple as keeping on top of your emails, getting on Zoom or using messaging software such a Microsoft Teams to chat with your team when needed.
Keep on top of your health
But that is not all. Everyone knows that working from home and sitting in front of a computer comes with its own risks, so having the ability to talk to a GP remotely is a great benefit. It means you’ll always have access to advice when you need it without having to take too much time out of your working day.
Get a good night’s sleep
Being a remote worker can present its challenges. One of the biggest challenges, however, is getting a good night’s sleep as you feel the pull to just keep on working. It shouldn’t be, though. The answer is easier than you think: optimising your sleep environment with smart strategies that make you more productive and help you sleep better.
In 2020, working from home has become the norm. So, now more than ever, striking the proper work-life balance is even more important for people working from home. Hopefully, the tips contained in this article provided you with some insights on how to be more efficient, productive and stay healthy, while working from home.