24 Jan Finding Work Life Balance
The reason why many people decide to become self employed, work remotely and travel is to find the perfect work life balance, which is important in all of our lives. Of course, working hard and smart is what pays for this lifestyle, but you still need the time to experience the places that you visit. You need routine in your life to achieve the perfect work life balance, and that does not come naturally to many of us.
Design your own lifestyle
When you have spent most of your life working 9 to 5, in an office environment, it takes some time to figure out what routine is best for you. What’s important is that you give yourself time to work, explore, exercise and relax. Are you a morning person, or, night owl? When are you the most productive and focused?
These are just a few of the questions that you need to ask yourself when designing your routine.
Cut down on commuting time
Routine will be important and working from your apartment or a coffee house nearby, means the amount of time wasted commuting is minimal. It’s for this reason why you might want to avoid working in a co-working space, since most of them are in the city centres.
In my opinion, co-working spaces are offices, no matter how you look at it – there are desks, with many people sat in them, and going about their work. Why would you want to put yourself back into this type of environment as a remote worker, but from speaking with others, it seems that they enjoy the human intervention and social aspect, which is understandable, and might suit you.
Experiment with your routine
How your routine evolves will depend on how you make a living. If you’re self-employed then you will have more flexibility than someone who is working for a company – and in this scenario, it is important that your employer is flexible, and understands the reasons why you’re working remotely. Research the company and their ethos before applying for job vacancies.
Time differences might have an impact on your routine if your clients or employer want you to work during business hours in the country that they are based in. Bear this in mind when you’re looking to work with clients, or are employed or contracting for a company.
You will find that your work can eat into your life, and this often means that you have to structure everything else around it. Everything else goes on the weekends or what you have left of your evening during the week, and sometimes work even eats into that too.
Think about what your ideal routine would consist of, and are your clients or employer going to be able to fit into that routine?
Communication is key
Communication is incredibly important, and so is a culture of trust and respect. Being transparent, with your customers, clients or employees will make sure that everyone is on the same page and understands your routine and the reasons for living this lifestyle.
Changing from working 9 to 5 in an office to working remotely, takes a lot of self-discipline and you have to learn new skills and technology, pretty quickly. When you’re working in an office, communication is really easy, but when you’re working with a team of people in different time zones across the world, communication becomes incredibly important.
Challenges of remote working
Working from home or, in a coffee shop, there are distractions, and it’s important to try and take yourself away from them and focus on work. For me, plugging in my headphones and listening to some music on Spotify can help me keep focused on the work at hand.
Finally, the biggest benefit of working remotely is that you are designing your life, you choose the hours and days you work, and when you decide to spend the time enjoying the places that you’re living in. Routine does not mean that you have to work 9 to 5, it means you can have a routine for every day of the week, but make sure that you achieve the perfect work-life balance for you.