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Remote practices for better work-life balance

After almost 2 years in pandemic conditions, working from home became a norm for even the most ingrained office-based companies. Considering the new state of the situation we were wondering: how do people manage their work-life balance within these circumstances?

Telus International says that four out of five respondents have found it challenging to shut off from work in the evenings.


Because of an eternal streak of Trello issues, Jira tasks, new JavaScript frameworks, hard-to-achieve project deadlines, Slack workspaces with thousands of messages, meetings, dozens of emails, it’s too tough to keep up with everything. And you always need to be up to date. In our times software developers are extremely busy and being off for 1 day now means like being off for 2 weeks. 

SO, how to manage all these matters and happily combine your life with your work?

Here are some advices from VSTORM Team: 

Prioritization is core

We always want to stay up to date and keep up with everything. We want to read the latest articles, play the latest videogames, work with the latest frameworks, have a party with our friends, walk a dog and finally go to the shopping to that brand-new mall. 

Instead of trying to do everything right away, figure out which goals are most important to you. Label them by importance and focus on your top three ones. You also should limit the time you spend on the others or cut them off at all for better days. This is a painful suggestion, but you need to realize this: busy people have many priorities, productive people have few.

Eliminate your time eaters

You have more time than you think. When you’re trying to fulfill everything and feel yourself extremely overwhelmed by tasks – try to notice how much time you spend on social networks to “recharge”, or how many series of that cartoon you watched to “let the brain relax”.

You may use specific tools like Toggl to track what you spend your time for. With that you will be very surprised how much time you spend on completely other stuff, not related to what you’re actually suppose to do.

Book extra time

Meeting after meeting, task after task, you swallow your lunch for 5 minutes and go to another meeting to immediately do after it another task. Stop it. Think about adding some extra time into your schedule. 

With that, we mean scheduling in more time than you think you’ll need for specific tasks. This is crucial because people are not so good at predicting and tasks tend to take longer than we think they will. So just simply add some additional time to prolong it and don’t rush like a whippet, you will keep up with everything 🙂

Give yourself a rest

When everyone is working remotely across different time zones – it’s very hard to answer all messages from your colleagues and resolve all necessary issues during your working hours. We encourage you to fully take time off when you’re done with your work. Avoid weekend communications unless absolutely necessary, because you can’t recharge if you are constantly checking in and helping your co-workers to figure everything out. Willingness to help is a good trait, but only in moderation. 

Home is not an office

In modern realities we’re tied down with our PCs and laptops. In order to achieve transparent communication within the World Wide Web we’re staring at monitors for hours each day to compensate for the lack of office interaction. 

At VSTORM we strongly believe in walking meetings. Take your meetings with you by just taking your phone and leaving your webcam at home. You may go to a cafe, enjoy a walk at some park, go to a shop or even walk your dog while having a word with your colleagues. Don’t be ingrained, be free and flexible as we are!

Summarizing, just follow these principles to stay happy and balanced:

  • Prioritize your tasks 
  • Track what you spend your time for 
  • Book some additional time for your tasks 
  • Relax from the work, you’re not a robot 
  • More fresh air and places during meetings

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