[This is a guest post for the "Love the Skin you're in" Facebook group. Excited to be asked to contribute a post and a free book as a competition prize as a recent R + F convert! How good is Re-define?]
Whether you work at home for an organisation, yourself or as part of a side hustle, you need to be able to work effectively AND productively. My ebook, The Tracksuit Economy looks at how working at home requires a change in perception. Remember, just because it is your home doesn't mean the work is any less valuable or important. In fact it shows how bloody adaptive you are to be able to juggle work and home life.
This blog unpacks the foundations necessary for remote working success.
Make Time rather than find time
Work life balance is not something that simply got misplaced under the couch cushions with your car keys and all the blue pens in the house. It is something you are actively required to create and make.
In order to do this, you need to sit down and allocate all of the tasks in your diary or calendar - family, household chores, work, side hustle, social and community tasks/ events should be noted down and ruthlessly scheduled in.
An added benefit of this exercise is that by scheduling all tasks in your diary or planner, it forces you to give conscious thought to them and consider whether you want to keep doing them. Of course you have to keep doing the washing up, but that social event for the second cousin of the friend you haven't seen in 5 years might have to give way to your side hustle, for now anyway!
Self care is non-negotiable
In the hustle and bustle of every day life, don't forget to add self care to your task list, and make sure you prioritise it! Your work or side hustle is a marathon rather than a sprint and requires a solid structure which you build on day-by-day or week-by-week.
Burning yourself out won't help anyone. To avoid burn out, give some thought as to what is a decent amount of time to spend each day on any given task. For example, working for an organisation you might have set hours you must work each week - if so, average those out into achievable chunks over the course of the week. However, if you work for yourself full time or as a side hustle, you may be tempted to go hell for leather and burn yourself out. Better to budget time (such as 1 to 2 hours a day ) to work consistently and see real and lasting results.
Two for the price of one
If you do have a side hustle (my writing is a side hustle and sits alongside my day job as a lawyer, though fortunately I do both from home!), work smarter rather than harder.
Think laterally at every opportunity. When can your day job help your side hustle? For example, you might have the opportunity to learn about digital or social media marketing in your day job, in which case you should take the opportunity to do it and help both your day job and your side hustle.
I have worked remotely as a lawyer for the last 4 years from the far north coast of New South Wales and my side hustle was writing a book about my experiences with tips to do it well. The perfect blending of my day job and side hustle!
You can do it!
While everyone's situation is unique, it is important to tune in to your natural rhythms and find what works for you.
If you crave more tips (such as setting up a work space and ways to blend your household chores with your remote work, grab a copy of my eBook, The Tracksuit Economy.