Many people would prefer working remotely for numerous reasons. Whether it’s saving money from no commute, the freedom one has, or the tons of other positive aspects. But with every job, one has to set some boundaries in order to find a positive work-life balance. Therefore we decided to give you “5 ways to set work-life boundaries as a remote worker”:
Create a Designated Workspace
Remote workers have a ton of freedom, meaning that they can work wherever they want to as long as they have a stable internet connection. That sounds great! Could you take me to the beach? But if we think realistically, it’s best to set some boundaries. As fun as working on the beach might sound, it’s an ingredient for unproductiveness. So, it’s probably best to think twice about where you want to set your workplace:
“It’s crucial to have a designated workspace to set work-life boundaries, but it doesn’t mean you have to empty one of your rooms to make an office.”
It’s crucial to have a designated workspace to set work-life boundaries, but it doesn’t mean you have to empty one of your rooms to make an office. Try to set your workplace in a quiet space with minimum distractions. All you need is a corner with a desk and a chair, and if you feel the need, add your favorite paintings or some plants to cheer you up. That’s your workplace, where you will spend all your time during your working hours. And once you log off, go to the beach and enjoy your life to the fullest!
Dress for Success
While working from home means that you can save money on apparel, it doesn’t mean you should stay in your pajamas all day. Putting on working clothes signals your brain that it’s time to get to work. By skipping it, the border between work and personal time is blurred, making it even more challenging to distinguish between the two.
“What a strange power there is in clothing”- Isaac Bashevis Singer
While you can dress casually, make sure you’re wearing clothes that your brain interprets as “work.” Apart from the psychological advantages of dressing up, you never know when an important and sudden Zoom meeting may occur, so be prepared and dressed appropriately for the job.
You’re Allowed to Say “No”
Working from home doesn’t make your job any less important than an office job. And sometimes it’s difficult for those to understand who work in a regular office. Be sure to tell your friends and family more about your company and the importance of your role without leaking private information. In that way, your loved ones will think twice before asking for favors during your working hours.
“You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.”- OurMindfulLive.com
If they ask for favors still occurs, learn to say “no” and offer your assistance during your off times. It’s important to note that you should invest some time in yourself as well, and therefore it’s crucial to know when you’re capable of assisting those in need. Your loved ones will understand whenever you’re tired, and therefore there’s no need to burn yourself out during your off times.
It’s the final episode of your favorite series, and it’s about to begin. Your living room is a few meters away, and you feel the urge to grab popcorn with a blanket- but it’s during your working hours. Are you willing to take the risk? If your answer is “yes,” it’s possible that you still need to work on your skills of setting boundaries.
“Be about actions, not distractions.”-picturequotes.com
Distractions can easily occur when you work from home, especially since you have a lot of freedom. Set a few boundaries by staying offline from social media, decorating your workplace to a “professional” office, and asking your loved ones to respect your space during your working hours. You will have more than enough time to watch the series finale after work, and that will also allow you to rest and take your mind off the busy workday you had.
Work Is All I Think About
Speaking about the importance of putting your mind to rest, we should set some boundaries by not taking our work with us during our off times. Your brain will work overtime and leave you exhausted, and you will also make it unpleasant to those around you.
”We should set some boundaries by not taking our work with us during our off times.”
People tend to do fun and exciting things in their off times to relax and recharge, and whenever you are part of that, they want to spend some much-needed time with you as well. Leave your work in your designated work office, spend some time with your loved ones, and come back fresh the next day!
It’s important to set boundaries as a remote worker. We should give the best we have during our working hours and feel confident to say “no” when needed. What have you learned from this week’s blog? Do you believe it’s important to set boundaries as a remote worker? Let us know in the comment section below! Click HERE if you’re interested in building an amazing career with Job Duck!
Until next time,
The Job Duck Team