Working remotely can be a real blessing, but the line between work and your life can become quite blurred if you aren’t intentional about your time allocation. If you are finding yourself overworking as a remote worker, I suggest you create boundaries around when and where you will work.
Here are a few hacks to implement some boundaries that will help you stop overworking and regain your work-life balance.
- Set your work hours for each day and stick to them. No matter what. Your brain will want to tell you that it’s ok to keep going. It might also tell you that you can wait until later. Fight the urge. Do the work when you said you would.
- Stop checking email and messages outside of your work hours. Email and messages are work even though most of us don’t classify it as such.
- Get dressed for work. Yes, you might love being able to wear sweats every day, but getting dressed in work wear helps the brain make a distinction between work time and free time.
- Create an environment where you only do work. It doesn’t have to be an office or a separate room, it can be a chair or whatever. Only work there. Once you are done working, do nothing else there.
- Schedule a 15 minute break every 90 minutes. Just because you are working remotely doesn’t mean that you don’t get a break.
Our brain likes routine and repetition. These simple tips help the brain make a distinction between working and not working. It will take some time to implement these boundaries, but I guarantee it will be worth it.
If you’ve tried this, let me know how it works for you!
PS: If you find yourself overworking and don’t know how to get it under control, I invite you to sign up for my free masterclass! My clients and I have freed up to 10 hours per week using the process I teach and you can too!