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By: Mell Green //

Working remotely can be incredibly empowering as a woman. You can work wherever you want, whenever you want, however, you want. According to a 2018 study, remote work has become increasingly popular with an estimated  56.7 million people in the U.S. getting in on the action — and that number will rise significantly over the next decade. 

If you’re questioning your approach or new to self-employment, here are a few (very necessary) tips for promoting a kind of freelancer wellbeing that will keep you sharp, happy, and healthy.

Tip #1: Create a Schedule and Own It

With remote work, you don’t have to commit to the typical 9-5 grind. But this line of work still requires some sort of structure — perhaps more than the average job. Because no one is telling you what time to wake up, when to clock in, what time to take lunch, etc., it can be tempting to drift from your normal way of doing things. However, setting a schedule as if you were going into the office can be helpful in terms of productivity and quality of work.

Tip #2: Cultivate Healthy Habits (For Your Own Sanity)

In a culture of busy-ness, it’s easy to develop some not-so-pleasant habits and remote work is no exception. Remote work often brings isolation, which can make it challenging to rationalize success, especially if you rarely meet up with people in your social network. This can be demotivating and even cause procrastination, but the only permission that matters is the one we give to ourselves. To avoid “burn out” or impostor syndrome:

  • Set realistic goals.
  • Adopt a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Practice self-care.
  • Create a soothing environment.

As remote workers, our personal and work lives are inextricably linked to the digital. I’m no therapeutic professional, but instead of wishing there were 10 of you, re-addressing balance can help you be the most efficient you — which ultimately means a better outcome for your projects.

Tip #3: Work Smarter, Not Harder

In our fast-past society, doing more work all the time has gained traction as being “productive” to our checklists, schedules, and workloads. 

Though, it can actually sometimes be counterproductive to our physical and mental health. My point is, no amount of work is worth the risk. The nature of remote work allows us to be in control of our own schedule and workload, which often makes us feel invincible, almost as if we can’t be conquered by any amount of work. But stretching yourself out too thin might result in missed deadlines or worse, angry clients and coworkers.

Know your limits and create a task system that works for you…perhaps practicing saying the word “no” more could be helpful too.

Tip #4: Make Wellness a Priority

Wellness for women who freelance is just as important as self-discipline — without one, you simply cannot have the other. 

Whether at home or a dedicated workspace, every day, more and more women are making the switch from their traditional, in-person jobs to working at home, in a coffee shop, or somewhere in a hammock overseas. No matter where you choose to get the job done, no one is physically watching over you telling you what to do and how to do it. Therefore, it’s extremely crucial that us remote workers manifest motivation within ourselves not just mentally — but also physically.

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