1. Establish a daily routine
A daily routine conditions your body to follow a sort of intuitive system for how to go about the rest of your day. Without it, your to-do and would-love-to-do lists will be all over the place. That’s not good if you have deadlines to meet. Or if you have shows to binge. Those two activities you can squeeze into your daily schedule in a way that doesn’t overlap, thanks to an established routine.
Moreover, an established routine is great for tricking our brain into functioning the way we intend it to function. We’ll have more focus when completing work-related tasks and better enjoy fun activities.
2. Block out time for "work" and work only within those hours.
Body clocks differ. And the best thing about working from home as a freelancer is you get to choose the best time for you to work. If you’re the type that’s hyper in the morning, then establish your work routine during the day when you’re most likely to be productive. If you function best at night, then do all your resting and recreational needs in the AM and use nighttime to get your job done.
An established routine allows you to set boundaries for yourself. Even if you work from home, that does not mean you should allow work to eat up all of the 24 hours you have in a day.
3. Make time for your health
Eat healthily. Exercise regularly. And sleep well. Those are the basics for achieving excellent health. But even if you got those covered, you can’t be complacent. You need the added protection of health insurance. That’s most critical these days when we’re amid a global pandemic.
As a freelancer, your source of income likely fluctuates. And if you’re only starting to save up now, you probably don’t have a lot tucked away for rainy days, such as during an emergency medical crisis. BPI AIA’s health insurance plans have an option that will best suit your lifestyle. Come those rainy days, you’ll be covered.
Bettering yourself is an incentive in itself, but if you need more motivation to keep going, BPI-AIA’s Wellness Series offers rewards when you achieve your fitness goals.
4. Create a dedicated workstation
You’re lucky if you live in a spacious house or apartment where you have a dedicated home office. If you’re not as privileged, the best recourse is to get creative.
The simple trick of painting a block of your preferred color on a wall to frame your makeshift home office with a basic desk and chair is enough to give you a sense of purpose when you’re in that space. It means you have deliverables to deliver.
And when you’re outside that space, it means you’re off work and you can pursue your other hobbies or bond with your family.
5. Dont' sell yourself short.
Know your worth. And negotiate with your clients like a pro. If you don’t earn enough to sustain your passions and interests, you’ll be hard-pressed to achieve a work-life balance. Nothing comes for free, as they say. And if you want to finally go out of town and pay for all those additional expenses linked to pandemic travel, you better have enough resources.
So if you know you contribute substantially to your clients, make sure you get the fee you deserve. Don’t settle for less.
6. Get social
No man is an island. Even if there’s a deadly virus wreaking havoc outside, there are ways to connect with your friends and loved ones without putting yourself and others in danger. There’s social media, and there’s Zoom. Just make sure you balance internet use with enough time offline.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Regardless of your name and gender identity, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy applies to you. And if you’ve seen the movie The Shining, you know the worst-case scenario that could happen if you work and work and work at the expense of fun and some much-needed me-time. So aspire for work-life balance and do everything in your power to achieve it. Plus, take care of yourself better by getting insured.
You have an array of life insurance plans to choose from. Go ahead and schedule a virtual appointment with a Bancassurance Sales Executive today. Experience the ease and convenience of getting insured even amid the pandemic thanks to BPI AIA.