Mastering the art of work-life balance while working remotely is a challenge many face. Whether you’re a seasoned remote worker or new to the game, finding equilibrium between your professional and personal life is crucial for sustained success and well-being. 

To help bring on the new year with a new plan for balancing both, we contacted Nicole Magelssen, founder, and CEO of Alpine Virtual Assistants, a leading executive virtual assistant provider, who shares her unique tips for success.

1. Set Clear Boundaries

“One of the secrets to a successful work-life balance is setting clear boundaries. Creating a physical and temporal separation between work and personal life allows you to enhance focus during working hours and fully detach during leisure time,” advises Nicole. 

Nicole suggests creating a working space at home that is solely dedicated to work. “Rather than working all over the house with your laptop on tote, a working area can help create that visual that you only work when you are there,” she says.

2. Embrace the 90-Minute Work Cycle

Scientific research has unveiled that our brains function optimally for approximately 90 minutes before experiencing a decline in focus and productivity. To harness this natural rhythm, structure your workday into 90-minute cycles followed by 20-30 minute breaks. This approach not only enhances concentration but also helps maintain higher energy levels throughout the day.

3. Delegate Wisely

Delegation is a cornerstone of effective remote work. CEOs and leaders who delegate effectively experience lower decision fatigue, a reduced risk of burnout, and are shown to generate 33% more revenue compared to those who don’t delegate. Identify tasks that can be entrusted to others on your team, allowing you to focus on high-priority responsibilities and preventing the accumulation of unnecessary stress.

4. Leverage Technology Wisely

Nicole understands the power of technology in remote work. She suggests utilizing productivity tools like project management software and communication platforms to streamline work processes. 

“Don’t try to remember it all yourself or figure it all out manually. Embrace the use of technology to work smarter, not harder. Efficient use of it enhances productivity and frees up time for personal activities,” says Nicole.

5. Communication is Key 

Effective communication is the cornerstone of successful remote work. Nicole stresses the importance of clear and open communication with colleagues and supervisors. 

“Regular check-ins, virtual meetings, and transparent communication channels help maintain a sense of connection and collaboration, mitigating feelings of isolation,” comments Nicole. 

6. Prioritize Tasks 

Mastering work-life balance hinges on effective time management. According to Nicole Magelssen, “Creating a daily schedule and prioritizing tasks based on importance and deadlines can significantly enhance your ability to concentrate on high-priority assignments during dedicated work hours. This strategic approach not only boosts productivity but also minimizes the likelihood of work encroaching upon your personal time.”

Achieving work-life balance in a remote setting requires intentional effort and a strategic approach. Follow these insider tips to find a balance and enjoy a more fulfilling personal life. 

7. Strategically Schedule Fun Activities

Remote work should not be all about work. To maintain a healthy work-life balance, intentionally schedule enjoyable activities in your calendar. Whether it’s a midday walk, a virtual coffee break with colleagues, or a hobby you love, these planned moments of joy can serve as rejuvenating pit stops in your workday, preventing burnout and enhancing overall well-being.