Working from home as a freelancer has become extremely popular throughout the last couple of years, and the number of people shifting from a corporate lifestyle to self-scheduled work as freelancers is constantly growing. And no wonder millennials are so eager to choose this lifestyle – it’s convenient, flexible, and lucrative!
However, the reality of a freelancer’s life is not as casual and fun as one might think. Despite the comfort of home and the luxury of working in your pajamas, work-from-home freelancing can also involve frequent all-nighters, late night pizza deliveries, and long hours stuck in front of the computer. Such habits can very often lead to a very unhealthy, stressful, and chaotic lifestyle. So, if you’re one of the many independent contractors working from home, by choice or by force, here are some tips that will help you stay healthy and fit while progressing professionally.
Even office jobs come with a risk of spending too much time in the same room, at the same desk, sitting, and staring at the screen. Even while commuting or driving to meetings, you’re still in the same seated position. However, as a freelancer, this means no commuting and instead, lying around in your apartment with your laptop all day long. Set a plan to make coffee breaks in nearby cafes, take your dog for a walk before starting the working day, or have lunch in the city. Simply leaving the apartment a couple of times per day will benefit both your body and mind.
Maintain your home office
Working from home does not necessarily mean that we should roam around the house with our laptop to meet deadlines. Having an organized workspace within the coziness of your own apartment will contribute to your work efficiency and motivation. A well-lighted corner, with your favorite books and a plant on the shelves, a personal planner, a glass of cucumber water, and a cup of coffee will make you feel better about yourself and your work.
Create a home gym set-up
Working out is more or less beneficial for all aspects of your well-being, both psychological and physical. Freelancers’ favorite excuse for giving in to a lazy lifestyle is not being able to afford time for a regular gym or jogging session. We get it, not everyone is as eager to wake up early and hit the gym or run in the nearby park after a long night of working. The good news is that you don’t have to! Create a small home gym set-up and stop lying to yourself with a bunch of excuses. All you need to do is harness that natural desire to look and feel good, invest in some essential exercise equipment, and carve out time every day to work out.
Freelancing is sometimes synonymous with sleep deprivation. However, even if you’re a night bird, sticking to a regular bedtime will enhance your concentration, productivity, and mood. If you have trouble falling asleep, try a mobile phone app to help you get an improved and uninterrupted sleep that you’ll be thankful for in the morning.
Quit snacking and eating cold pizza leftovers from last night at your computer desk and start actually cooking real meals. While reading this, you’re probably getting a little upset and thinking how convenient it would be to order or pick up takeout instead of going through the complicated process of grocery shopping, cooking, setting the table, and actually sitting down and having a meal. Just because something is easier doesn’t mean you should do it. Taking the time to prepare food for yourself, squeeze some fresh orange juice in the morning, or bake nutritious banana bread muffins for coffee breaks will benefit your body as much as your mind and will additionally boost your confidence and cooking skills and help you stay fit.
Your job should never be more important than your well-being, and you also need to remember that these two are not mutually exclusively. You can thrive professionally, while developing yourself physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Note the tips above and enjoy your life as a successful, healthy, and good-looking freelancer!
About the author:
Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger. You can find him on Twitter.