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Career Balance And Remote Work

Career Balance

Remote work has a ton of perks, such as easing into your day, squeezing in a little more time throughout the day with family (or pets), and you always have your favorite coffee nearby. However, those perks come with a major tradeoff: the pressure to feel like you’re always on.

When you work remotely, especially from home, there is a general assumption that you’re always just a step away from your computer or mobile device. Sure, you can do “one more email” when it’s time to end your day. But, the next thing you know, thirty seconds has turned into thirty minutes, and you’re still reluctantly working.

This can be a real problem, and I don’t mean just an inconvenience. It can lead to burnout, high blood pressure, fatigue, and anxiety. You’re not going to be able to sustain this expectation of availability, and your performance can degrade in the process of trying to keep up.

What good is “being on” all of the time, if it only means you won’t be valuable long term?

It’s easy to understand why you may feel this pressure, however, there comes a time when you must realize it is in both your – and the company’s – best interest for you to set up boundaries.

Here are 5 Ways to Tend to your Own Needs in Remote Work/Life Balance:

Ultimately, it comes down to making sure you set up boundaries, and hold people to them, even yourself. You deserve time to yourself, to spend how you like, and you don’t have to justify it to anyone.

Remember, you only have one body, one family, and one mind — take steps to appreciate them now, and stay balanced!

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