Working online has many advantages, but sitting behind a desk all day can bring a lot of potential dangers.
In this article I am going to share with you some of the tips that have helped me try and avoid getting too stressed from online work. If you know anyone who works online then feel free to send this to them as well.
Ask for help – This is an obvious one, but don’t be afraid of delegating your tasks to other people. If you work from home then ask a friend of relative to help out with things like taking the dog for a walk etc.
Say NO! – Saying no to extra jobs can be a tricky thing to do, but it is something you will need to learn how to do. This is especially true with friends and family. Learn to say no!
Save now send later – if you are stressed and tired then you will make mistakes. So when writing important e-mails simply hit save and go and get a drink, then come back and check it before sending. Nothing adds stress like sending an embarressing e-mail to the boss.
SMILE – I don’t want to sound like a hippy or a pop star, but smiling can make a lot of difference. Next time you are having an important IM chat try smiling whilst you type.
Turn off distractions – Some days you will be able to chat via IM, read e-mails, check the news and still be productive. But some days these will be major distractions. So if you have a busy day then turn off your e-mail and IM programs. One trick I do is to get all my e-mails, IM chats and news reading out of the way in the first hour of the day.
Exercise – This is one piece of advice I need to start following. I am an active person, but I need to start doing more regular daily exercise. Sitting on your ass all day is not healthy, so try and do at least 10-15 mins of exercise per day. I have just bought a swimming pool to help me with this, but running, yoga, or a long walk will also help.
Seperate your work and home life – This is another area I need to improve on. I work from my bedroom, so I watch TV and work in the same room. Often this can lead to staying online until 4am simply because I am in the habit of doing so. If you work from home then try and keep your office strictly for work, and don’t work outside of your office.