If you’re in a position where you can make your own schedule, whether you’re a freelancer, a remote worker, or have a position of leadership that allows you more flexibility, sometimes it can be challenging to manage your time. When it comes to self-management, there are some key pointers that have helped our team to optimize productivity, work/life integration and more moments of ‘flow’. Here are our favorite pieces of advice:
The flexibility to work from home or anywhere gives you a lot of permission to be creative about your workspace. One crucial thing that people overlook is how important a designated workspace still is, even if you don’t need to go into your company’s office. This space can look like a spot at your favorite coffee shop, a co-working space like WeWork, or your home office.
Some recommendations to optimize your workspace:
The traditional 9-5 work schedule doesn’t work for everybody, especially if their natural rhythms lean towards waking up super early or staying up late. For those who are creative, their creativity might spike at less predictable times. Optimizing your schedule around when you naturally perform best is vital to avoid burnout and increase innovation.
Here are some tips on how to narrow down your best time frame:
Make a note of what times of day you feel good and ready to take on new tasks
Determine when you naturally wake up in the morning
Be aware of when your brain seems to go ‘offline’ when you’ve hit a mental block
When you can work virtually any time, it’s easy to blur the boundaries between personal time and work time. Have you caught yourself checking your email during vacation or when you first wake up?
Though work is definitely a priority and holds a lot of space in your life - it’s not everything. Plus, a study mentioned by the WorkLife podcast showed that those who adhere to work-life boundaries report higher levels of well-being.
Not every day will follow a similar schedule and flow, but you can start taking better control of your schedule, giving yourself a cut-off time when you can mentally check out of work mode.