Working from home, or working outside of a conventional office is becoming more and more popular. However, as it grows in popularity, the challenges of remote work are becoming more and more prevalent.
For most people, the idea of working for themselves, freelancing and having the flexibility to work from anywhere is their dream job, but as with any job it presents its own set of challenges. Whether you’re a digital nomad, a social media influencer or simply work from your home office, creating a good work life balance can be hard.
As workers in this industry are coming to realize, it’s important to take steps to ensure that you have a healthy work-life balance. In this article, we’ll take a look at some ways that remote workers can do this.
1. Be a Part Of a Community
When you work outside of a conventional office it can be extremely hard to make sure that you are interacting with people and making connections along the way. This can affect your work-life balance and cause you to become isolated in some cases. Getting involved in creative digital communities can help you to lessen the effects of this and avoid isolation, as well as helping you to power your career with the help of other like-minded people.
“Instagram tends to isolate us,” says James Cole the founder of the H Hub, “so we need new platforms to connect and form communities around our shared artistic expression.” James Cole – jamescole.co
Aside from being part of digital communities, you can also try signing up for coworking spaces, which can help you to get out of the house, and interact with people every day, just like you would in a conventional workplace.
2.Set a Schedule
When you’re at liberty to make your own schedule, it can be really easy to procrastinate and work at unconventional times of day. However, this can severely impact your social life and make your work life balance extremely unhealthy. It can often be beneficial to set a strict working schedule, much like you would have in a conventional workplace. This can help you to be able to separate your work time and relaxation time and provide the adequate downtime that you need.
3. Take Breaks
If you’re in the content creation industry, especially if you’re a social media influencer, it can be easy to get into the habit of constantly working. This can be anything from replying to emails to updating your Instagram story. Although it can feel like it’s necessary to share everything with your followers, constantly working can make you feel drained and can lead to serious mental health problems. Like all other jobs, you do require breaks to keep you in a good work-life balance, and your followers or clients should understand this and respect it.