6 Ways to Integrate Remote Work and Home Life
How do you draw a line between work and home when your living room is also your workplace?
In my last post I offered five principles for reframing the way you think about work and home — including the important idea that you can aim for work-life integration rather than work-life balance. Here are 6 tactics for putting that into practice:
1. Ask for help
Look for opportunities to engage your kids, partner, friends or roommates in your working life. (Just take care not to violate any confidentiality agreements!) Maybe your kids can help illustrate your PowerPoint decks, earn extra allowance with a tedious data entry task, or give you a young person’s perspective on a new product or marketing campaign. Perhaps your spouse or bestie is game to be a sounding board for your latest work dilemma, or even roll up their sleeves to edit your latest report.
Engaging the people you love in your work tasks is a great way of helping them understand what your work is all about. That not only strengthens your relationship, but also brings a fresh perspective to your work. And if it’s a really great fit, and they’re contributing significantly to your work, make sure to compensate them for their time.
2. Embrace multitasking
When you’re jotting down your professional and personal chores, look for low-engagement tasks that you can combine with the other side of your existence.
For example, maybe you want to save your timesheets and email cleanups for the late-afternoon window when your kids get their after-school video game time; you can putter away on your computer while hanging out together. Or maybe you want to save the dreaded kitchen cleanup for the calls when you don’t need to be on video; you can listen in on a meeting while you do the dishes. Concerned about the bad reputation multitasking has? In Chapter 6 of Remote, Inc. we address this and advocate for a form of multitasking that works.
3. Share your personal life
In the old world of the traditional office, many of us limited access to intimate details: Other than a family photo and an annual spousal…