Are you constantly feeling like you never have enough time to get things done? No matter how hard you try, something always falls short. Unfortunately, this feeling has become all too common. For those working the standard 40-hour office job, it can be hard to find the time.
If you have made the decision to work from home, you are probably well aware of the “not enough time” issue. In fact, it probably had something to do with your decision to work from home. Here are just a few ways working from home can bring more balance to your life.
1. You can work out at lunch
Unless you have a gym at the office, finding enough time to work out can be hard. The standard work lunch break is only 30 minutes. That’s barely enough time to eat a meal, let alone make it to the gym, workout, and make it back to work.
When you work from home, you set your schedule. Need a 90-minute break in the middle of the day to go for a run? Great, adjust your hours to make room. Exercise is an important part of staying productive. Jonathan says, “I swim or bike daily if I can, to get me out of the house/office and to give me a mental reset.”
2. You don’t have to say no to chaperoning your kid’s field trip
No parent ever said, “I wish I had less time with my children.” The standard workweek makes it hard to participate in school activities. Sure you could take a sick day to go with the class to the zoo, but what happens when you or your kid is actually sick?
If you work from home, you don’t have to worry about using up all your sick days. It’s important to maintain a work from home balance and tell yourself, “Yes, I can go on that field trip.”
3. No one will ever know you are doing housework while on a conference call
Unless you are lucky enough to have someone who helps clean the house, it is easy to get behind on housework. And those weekly conference calls, let’s be honest, sometimes it can be hard to stay awake. Enter, the mute button. The mute button allows you to do whatever you want or need to do without anyone else being the wiser. One Remoter confessional says they take full advantage of conference calls, “It’s the perfect time to clean the toilet and water the plants. No one ever knows and I get two things done at once–a total win-win.”
4. Travel isn’t just something you dream about
The average American receives 10 vacation days per year. But according to a recent study, over 50% of people don’t use all of their vacation time. It’s important to take time off. Vacation time allows you to relax and refuel. It is essential to maximum productivity.
But the traditional job can make it difficult to schedule vacation time. If you have kids, you want to be able to vacation with them, but vacations during school breaks are in high demand and often you end up taking off a random week in October.
Remote work allows you to work from home or work from the beach. You can take the time off if your schedule allows, or you can move your office and modify your schedule.
Nate Smith has been working remotely for three years. Whenever he wants a new view all he has to do is pack up his camper van and hit the road.