3. Take Care of Yourself
When working from home, you can get caught up in work and forget to take care of your most important asset — yourself. It’s surprisingly easy to forget to stand up every once in awhile, or even eat lunch.
When I first started my remote position, I inadvertently got into the habit of not eating lunch and working eight hours straight, with little to no breaks in between. It wasn’t so much that I was a workaholic as much as I got very involved in what I was doing and forgot to set boundaries.
For some people, the problem might be working too late — especially if you’re not an hourly employee and not mandated by your company to stop working at 5 p.m. on the dot. “I’m just going to finish one more thing,” you think. Suddenly, it’s 7 p.m. and you’re going to be late for dinner.
For me, it helps to set reminders or timers when working from home so it is easier to remember these basic, but important boundaries.
Along those lines, if you’re working from home and not a co-working space or coffee shop, consider making it a goal to actually leave your house a few times a week.
Normally when people leave work, they are looking forward to coming home, but we remote workers never left — so it can be easy to get a case of cabin fever, no matter the season.
Whether it’s going to the gym, for a walk or run, or meeting a friend for lunch in town, find something that provides a change of scenery on a regular basis.
One Last Thing
In spite of all the perks and tips, remote working still isn’t for everyone, and if it is not for you, that is okay. If you’re interested, though, I’d definitely suggest giving it a try and following the tips above.
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