This post was originally posted on my personal blog at jwbaldwin.com
Remote work is awesome. Remote work is growing. Remote work is deceptively tough. At first it seems like the dream, but it can be a lot harder than it first appears if you don't take it seriously.
One thing that makes remote work tough, mentally, is that there is no physical transition period. There is no commute where you get ready for work, or get ready to be home and spend time with your family.
Remote makes it easier and easier to blur the work/life lines, and soon enough you start bringing work with you wherever you go. Here's the fix: don't remove the commute, change it.
Instead of a 30 minute drive, setup a routine of doing something (gym, coffee + book, meditate, etc.) before hitting the day's work. Turn what was your unproductive commute time, into a productive slice of time where you transition from home to work and back. Even if that means commuting to your favorite coffee shop for an hour of emails. This breaks the day into specific chunks and turns a blurry, unhealthy mix of work + life, into a clear time for work and home.
This one is simple. Breaks are necessary - but when you're working from home it's easy to just grind for hours and hours - after all, there's no one there to interrupt you!
Taking breaks lets you organize your mind, and improve your mental health.
Here are some things I do for breaks:
- 5 minute walk with my dog
- Make a snack
- Do 10 minutes of an exercise
- Read some articles
- GET COFFEE :) (I do this a lot)
The biggest boon for me when I work from home, is the amount of focused time I can create. So when you have that one task that needs your attention - plan your breaks and your work day around this. Schedule your meetings on either end of this block of time.
Set time aside so that you can enter flow.
Remove distractions. Disable notifications. Take the dog out to pee. Then get to it!
There are tons of little hack and tricks that help boost your remote work life. Hopefully these ideas, fresh or just reiterated, can allow you to lead a more balanced and productive work day!
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