It is easy to understand why for many people out there, working from home or as a location independent nomad is the ultimate dream. Exotic travel to faraway lands, skipping the daily traffic grind, being able to get paid to work in your underwear, or just being able to get your own snacks from the fridge without Nancy from accounting judging your eating habits, is reason enough to find working from home the ultimate gig.
However, all is not perfect in this supposed Garden of Eden. Like many things in life that become over romanticized, there are some drawbacks that come from working from home as a blogger. Working alone or in close proximity to children and canines, all day can drive you to crave real human interaction. Likewise, it is easy to let yourself slide into depression or pile on the pounds if you aren’t disciplined. Anyway, if you are working from home as a blogger or aspire to become a digital nomad, here are some tips to help you maintain the holy grail of work/life balance.
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Make friends with other people who work from home
Probably the most important factor in determining long-term health is being part of a community. One of the major takeaways from Dan Buetrner’s 2008 Blue Zones – a lifestyle study book of the world’s oldest population pockets – is that being part of a community is vital. So go check out meetup.com or reconnect with friends regularly via social media to get some real life human interaction going for you. If you know other bloggers in your niche, then perhaps you could suggest meeting up for a coffee or brainstorming ideas at your nearest co-working space. Sometimes when the creative juices aren’t flowing, conversation with other bloggers can inspire you to come up with new ideas.
Get physical by going to the gym or practice yoga, crossfit…
As mentioned above, being part of a group is essential to long-term working from home as a blogger success, however, getting physical exercise is also important for your mental health and to help keep your sanity. The benefit of doing a group fitness class is that you hit two birds with one stone; you can keep fit and also socialize with other people.
Establish a routine
One of the biggest reasons for failure when working from home or remotely is not establishing healthy habits. When you work from home, it is far too easy to wake up and hit the snooze button or watch a couple of episodes of that show you have been binge watching on Netflix, but to be successful at working from home, you have got to treat it like an office gig and hunker down to work. The best way to get work done on the regular is to have a winning routine. In Tim Ferriss’s – Win the Morning, Win the Day – he advocates a routine of walking up early each day to maintain fewer distractions and to keep positive momentum flowing. So if Tim and the Navy S.E.A.L.S. can do it, so should you!
Attend networking events
While work opportunities may naturally present themselves to the 9 to 5 crowd, people who work from home or remotely know that takes a bit more concerted effort to make real life connections. Despite the age of the internet, humans still love to interact and meet face to face, so from time to time, wearing that dopey name card sticker on your chest is just part of the game. If you’re looking to build a great blog, networking events are great places to promote yourself and get your name out there.
Look after dogs
If you’re not a fan of dogs you can ignore this one (or may ponder deeper into thyself in reflection), but it is good to take some breaks every now and then when working from home. Getting a grip on reality and walking a pooch can be quite calming and help you focus when you get back to work. If you don’t have a lovely canine to walk, you can check out rover.com for a side gig that gives you cash as well as peace of mind.
Use co-working spaces and cafes to mix it up
While working from home can save you a lot of cash and time commuting, for some it is necessary to maintain the discipline to get out of the house. Even if you don’t work from a café or co-working space every day, mixing it up in a space dedicated to only work can free you from distractions (unless there is another attractive remote worker at that café, then all bets are off).Tags: bloghealthremote work