Tips to Stay Balanced When Working Remotely

March 21, 2020

For some of us working from home has been our way of life for years, with the coronavirus outbreak many others are now faced with working remotely for the first time. This can be scary, the idea of having to be stuck home working remotely all the while trying to educate your kids because most schools have shut down too.

I thought I’d help you out by sharing some tips to help you stay balanced when working remotely. Working from home is a very isolated type of work and during this coronavirus outbreak, many of us will be kept at home to try to avoid further spreading of the virus. I know this is very scary, but you can try to make the best of it by using these tips to keep a little balance in life.

Start Morning Off Right

The key to handling this new lifestyle of working remotely is to start your day off right. Do something that gets your brain moving. Think of this as a guilty pleasure so to speak, that will help you feel uplifted, positive and ready to tackle the day. Some people wake up before the rest of the house so that they can have just 15 minutes of free time to read the newspaper, enjoy their breakfast in silence, or do some brain games on their smartphone apps.

Get Showered and Dressed

One of the best ways to keep your mental health in check when working remotely is to get showered and dressed. It may sound easier to just stay in your pyjamas since you’re quarantined and not allowed to go anywhere, but this one step will help you feel positive about yourself. Prepare your work clothes the night before and develop a plan that you’ll shower after your morning routine so that you can feel as if you’re “actually at work”.

Take Breaks

Don’t forget to take breaks during your time being a remote worker. While you may not be able to go into a grocery store, or taking a hike, you can get outside for a few small breaks each day. Fresh air will help boost your spirits and in turn allow you to sit back down to work remotely with a productive, clear mind. Social distancing is in effect for many countries, but you can enjoy your own garden right now.

Use Music

One of the best ways to keep your thoughts straight while working remotely is to play some low-key music in the background. Download your favourite music app and play it during your work hours. This will train your mind to stay focused on work. Music has been proven time and time again to work as therapy for anyone in the world. Pick a playlist, and let it play during your work hours to keep your brain focused on the task at hand.

Prioritise Work Hours

Lastly, when you work remotely you’ll need to make a good schedule to maintain in good standing with your employer. Work with your employer to develop a good set of working hours so that you can enjoy breaks, family time, and self-care time during your time being stuck at home. Prioritize the tasks and set work hours with a do not disturb sign so that family will respect those work hours.

Going from working outside of the home to being a remote worker may sound like the end of the world, but it helps us keep our family healthy then it’s well worth it. Use my tips shared today to keep sane and safe during the coronavirus outbreak when your employer requests that all employees start working remotely.

13 Comments

  • Joanna March 23, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Getting dressed is so important because it motivates you to work. When working from home people think that working from bed is acceptable, but it’s the worse thing you can do, both for productivity and for your back.

  • Jenni March 24, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Getting showered and dressed is a good point, feels much more productive when you are dressed properly rather than in pyjamas. I do an exercise app too to have a break

  • Rhian Westbury March 24, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Getting showered and dressed is so important as it puts you in a work mode. I never find I’m as productive if I’m in PJ’s in bed trying to work x

  • Liam Wilkinson March 24, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    plan,organise and structure are key things when working remotely for me.

  • Kira March 24, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Starting the morning off positive has been key for us . Beds made , window and blinds open , then downstairs for breakfast . 🙂

  • Anosa March 24, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    I work from home anyway so I know the importance of having a structure and simple things like getting dressed for work really do make a difference. I am struggling at the moment with everyone being home as my routine is completely gone

  • Yeah Lifestyle March 24, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I find that when I get ready and dressed up, I feel like I can do the work but if I stay in my pajamas, then the work does not get done

  • Neha March 25, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Oh yes! One thing I make sure I do is get showered and dressed. Have stopped the make up but will try and do it once a week. It’s so essential not to get into that slippery slope. Eating well too can help

  • Laura | Tales of a Natural Spoonie March 25, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Suffering with a chronic illness I spend a lot of time resting or in bed, but even still I get dressed each day, even if I do end up back in bed.

  • Jenny March 25, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    I don’t work from home but I’ve been busy keeping my kids occupied so my husband can get on and work from home.

  • Louise Joy March 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    These tips are so important. I usually have to have some form of music on too, otherwise, I find it hard to concentrate! Podcasts help as well, but only easy listening ones

  • Kara March 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I have tried to keep as organised as possible, although I think the house is cleaner than it has been in a very long time lol

  • PlaydaysRunways March 28, 2020 at 7:53 am

    We have set up a daily routine to try and stick too and are staying as positive as possible.

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