There are a lot of perks to having a virtual office. Remote working means you only occasionally deal with commutes, meetings, dress codes and office politics, if at all. When you work from home, even if you only do it once in a while, you can work in a space that’s comfortable for you.
The drawback is that all those personal obligations you leave at the door when you come into a physical office live with you when you work at home. It can be hard for remote workers to draw a line between personal and professional time; it can be so easy to make a quick phone call, do some laundry or run to the store while you’re working that it’s hard to establish when you’re really working.
The secret to a proper work-life balance while working remotely is setting up boundaries that help you get work done, make sure you rest, and keep work-related guilt to a minimum. Here are some tips to make sure you have a productive and satisfying career, whether you work in a virtual office part-time or full-time.
One of the frequently cited perks of being a remote worker is setting your own hours. However, being productive might require you work at set times each day. Once you’ve set your working hours — for example, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the week — establish what you will and won’t do during that time. Before you do anything, ask if you’d take time out of your day at an office to do it; if not, save it for after work or during specific break times.
If working from home is something that only happens sometimes, make the most of that time. This might require you to work a little differently than you would at the office. Choose a time that works best for you to get your focused work done. Decide what key items you’re going to accomplish, and give them your undivided attention; leave other tasks for afterward.
Be Clear With Others
Even well-meaning people can be distractions. Friends, family and other acquaintances might assume the days you’re working from home are days off. Be clear with the people in your life that this isn’t the case. Lay out the times when you’re working, and make it clear that while you’re happy to talk at lunch or during a quick break, you need to get work done. Setting these kinds of expectations and limits helps others respect your time.
You might need to take different approaches for different people. For your family, you might need to work in a dedicated home office with a door you can shut. Be polite to neighbors who drop by, but gracefully exit the conversation after a few minutes so you can get back to work. If you have someone stopping by for repairs, set up a time rather than waiting for them to show up. If you need to run a non-emergency errand during your workday, make it clear you’ll only get done what you can do during a lunch break. Be firm about these boundaries, and don’t apologize for them: Do what you need to do to use your time in the virtual office wisely.
Virtual Offices and Executive Suites From executivehub
Work-life balance is difficult to achieve. Finding a system that lets you work and keeps you happy is important to being productive. That’s why executivehub offers a variety of options and suites to suit whatever your needs are as a business owner. If you’re looking for the best executive suites in the Scottsdale area, we can provide a complete package. If you’re looking for a virtual office setup, we have the amenities and support to make sure you stay connected. For more information about our options, call 480.945.8500 or contact us online.