A growing number of Singaporeans are spending an unhealthy amount of time in the office. According to recent data, office workers clocked an average of 45.6 hours a week from January to September 2016.
The figure reveals that Singaporeans clocked in more hours than workers from Japan and South Korea, which is surprising since these countries are notorious for their overtime culture. Working for more than eight hours a day is not only detrimental to one’s health, it can also put a strain on relationships and family life. This is why many Singaporeans are now seeking ways to cope with this problem, and one way to do that is by working from home.
Benefits of working from home
On the positive side, more private companies in the country are offering flexi-work arrangements such as telecommuting, with 5 in 10 organizations offering this set-up to their employees. Working from home gives employees more time to spend with their loved ones, and it also enables them to pursue other interests outside of work.
Workers with mobility problems also benefit from remote working as they can earn a living at home without having to commute to the office. Moreover, you can accomplish a lot of work this way, and you can be successful at it. Here are 5 ways to be a successful remote worker.
#1 Set up a dedicated space for work
Sure, you can work on your dining table or balance your laptop on a couple of books while you’re sitting on your bed. However, it helps to have a dedicated space for work. You don’t need to convert a part of your house into a home office—a table, a comfortable chair, some good lighting, an Internet connection, and a few office supplies is all you need.
#2 Dress comfortably—but not too comfortable
One of the perks of working from home is that you get to stay in your comfy clothes while earning a living. However, you may want to choose presentable clothing over pyjamas if you want to be more productive. Changing into something a little nicer also allows you to distinguish me time from work time, so you get to be in “work mode” even when you’re home. Opt for the classic t-shirt and jeans combo, a comfy cotton dress, or drawstring trousers and thin sweaters while working at home.
#3 Use your downtime wisely
There are many ways that you can use your downtime, but it pays to use it in a productive way. You can use the extra time to earn some money online, so start a new post for your blog or participate in a paid online survey to make some extra dollars. Don’t waste your time falling down YouTube rabbit holes or going on social media—take this opportunity to maximize your earnings while you’re working from home.
#4 Take a break
Spending 8 hours in front of your computer defeats the whole purpose of remote working. It’s fine to take a break, as long as that 30-minute coffee break doesn’t turn into two hours of watching Netflix. Take a walk around the block, have a cup of tea or coffee, or just meditate. Taking a break can be beneficial for your health and can help you to work effectively.
#5 Follow a schedule
To be a successful remote worker, you need to set the hours wherein you’ll do some deep work. Let your family members know that you should not be disturbed during these hours except for emergencies. Try not to multitask and combine your chores with your work during these times.
Working from home can be very rewarding, and all it takes is a bit of discipline to make it work. Follow these tips to achieve work-life balance and to be a successful remote worker.
Lucy Wyndham is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her.