How to Balance Remote Working While Your Family Is Also at Home

Dec 22, 2020 2:26 PM ET

iCrowdNewswire   Dec 22, 2020  9:26 AM ET

There are a lot of benefits to working from home. You can save significantly since you won’t have to spend on transportation and new work clothes all the time. You’re less exposed to work politics. And best of all, you’ll have more control over all the different aspects of your work, such as your time, your office space, and more.

However, this doesn’t mean that working from home doesn’t have its own fair share of downsides. In our own experience, we have found that one of the worst consequences of working from home is losing the balance between your work life and personal life. Since your workspace is at home, it can sometimes be difficult to draw the line that delineates them.

How to Deal With Financial and Work Stress at Home

For instance, one of the things we find quite challenging to deal with is managing work-related stress at home. This is especially difficult if you have kids around. A toddler’s tantrum can easily turn into a parent-and-child meltdown. Things can get ugly fast. Hence, allow us to help. Here are some tips to deal with financial stress:

  • Take quick breaks. Don’t just take a break every three hours. Break those work sessions even smaller by having three to five-minute breaks every 30 minutes or so. In this way, you will find yourself less likely to be overcome with mental fatigue and more susceptible to stress.
  • Manage your stamina. In relation to the previous tip, taking short breaks is also beneficial to help you last through the day. It can be easy to underestimate working remotely and think that it will require less stamina. After all, you’ll be in the comforts of your own home.

However, what most people don’t realize is the fact that working from home will entail you to have two personas all the time: the employee and the family man. Hence, it’s important to manage your stamina wisely. Don’t waste it on binge-watching and social media. Maintain healthy sleeping and eating habits. Exercise. Meditate. Do anything that you feel would improve your energy levels and balance them all throughout your day.

  • Don’t let things pile up and deal with issues accordingly. Finally, set aside time each day (we prefer mornings) to go through all the details of your work for the day. Stay on top of things. At the very least, keep track of how you’re doing through a journal or an online medium. In this way, there’ll be fewer things that might spring up unexpectedly and throw you off-balance.

You’ll also be able to determine which tasks will require your immediate attention or not. And if they don’t? Well, at least, that’s one less thing to get all worked up about today. Remember, you only have to worry about the things that you have control over. Don’t fuss about anything else.

Time Management Is Key

But let’s be honest. Sometimes, it’s not really the lack of energy that stresses us out. Most of the time, it’s time itself. We feel that we don’t have enough time in our day to juggle all those tasks that are required of us and it drains us.

The solution to this is both easy yet complex. We’ve all heard it before. Time management. It’s an easy concept to grasp, and there are different straightforward methods that you can follow online. The problem is, most of them can’t apply to remote working at all when you are expected to play two roles at a time. Instead, here are tips:

  • Set your employer or client’s expectations. Let them know of your role in your family, and that family emergencies are inevitable. This is especially important for parents who have really young kids, or even those with older ones that homeschool.
  • Don’t underestimate how long each task will take. You might be confident that you can finish writing a 500-word article in thirty minutes. But you’re probably basing that estimate on an ideal day when your focus and mental clarity are at their peak, and you’re in a quiet, peaceful room. However, remember that those thirty minutes can easily turn into an hour or more if you’re being constantly distracted and your brain juices are starting to get depleted after a long and tiring day.
  • Get help. It can be easy to think that we can do anything, especially during the first few days of any pursuit, remote working included. However, time will come soon enough when you’ll realize that you actually need help, especially if you don’t want to decrease the quality of your work performance, productivity, and quality drastically.

What’s great about this digital age, is that “help” doesn’t even require people to be there physically. You can ask loved ones to schedule virtual play dates with your kids where they can talk, read stories, watch videos, and even play games, all online.

Designate a Separate Space for Work

Finally, one of the reasons why your personal life constantly interferes with work and vise versa is because there’s no line that separates them. It’s natural for people to think that you can be disturbed for a couple of minutes if you’re just sitting there on the couch with a laptop on your lap, snacking on Cheetos. And before you know it, a couple of hours have already passed.

Hence, one of the most important factors that we deem essential in order to make remote working work, is to dedicate a space to function as your office. It doesn’t have to be a separate room. It could simply be a desk with a comfortable chair. What’s important is that your housemates know that whenever you’re there, you’re actually working and should not be disturbed. In fact, you can even make an effort to dress up for it and look professional. It might feel awkward at first, but it can actually strongly influence your mindset, increase productivity, and even set a tone at home. By keeping the tips that we have shared with you in mind, we’re sure that you will be able to find your center and regain that work-life balance while remote working soon enough. Good luck!