Don’t forget about your friends
friends For some, working remotely means staking a claim at a local coffee shop. For others, it’s staying home in sweats, rarely emerging during daylight hours.
And then there are the lucky ones, the digital nomads — who somehow fit working in with hitting the beach.
In any case, working from home means you’ll develop your own habits — some good and others bad.
And worst case scenario, you’re looking at a day marred by procrastination, isolation, and our favorite — digital loafing.
Here are some ways to strike a balance. Even if it sounds miserable right now, you’ll thank us down the road.
One of the hardest parts of remote work is revealed within the name — it’s isolating at times. We lack the camaraderie of a traditional office plan, occasionally pining for idle chatter about that new lunch spot down the street or how Bob from accounting spent the weekend.Without the built-in interaction, you’ll find in a traditional office; solo workers must “make their own fun,” so to speak.While it can be challenging to close the laptop from time to time, giving yourself the space to do something leisurely like grab lunch with a friend, go to a happy hour, or have some people over for a meal can do you a lot of good.
There’s always going to be something you could be doing — whether that’s fine-tuning your website or digging around for new leads.But, when you start skipping too many events, the invitations may eventually dry up. Friends assume you can’t do anything or feel rejected after too many “nos.”
On the flip side, remote work is a relatively new way of life, and for that reason, many people don’t “get” why you’re not always available.
Explain (nicely) to friends and family that you will not be available during specific working hours, and stick to them. Over time, those people will begin to get the message that your flexibility doesn’t mean you can shirk your responsibilities at any given moment.
Invest in good nutrition
Eating well is hands down one of the best things you can do to stay sane, energized, and focused. It’s well documented at this point that nutrition plays a significant role in making sure our brains are operating smoothly.
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you stock the kitchen with healthy options. Even the most productive workers among us wander into the kitchen out of boredom, especially if you know that it’s packed with sweet and salty treats.Save the junk food for the odd occasion and don’t keep in the house. Instead, load up on fruits, veggies, and some quick protein sources.
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