Remote work is great and fun when starting, but 2-3 years down the lane, it'll start getting boring. Loneliness, exhaustion and many other factors lead to less productivity and in some cases end in you getting fired. Here are a few things that I use myself to stay in touch with myself and whatever happening around me.
1. Inspiring Goals
It can be a daily, monthly or yearly goal, just have a set of things you want to achieve. This gives you a sense of purpose and hope for the future. Sometimes working from hope can cloud your mind with negative things, primarily fuelled by social media, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and many others platform. Giving yourself goals will set your mind on far more important things than the petty issues of the day.
When setting your goals, remember they need not be about your day job. They can be about health, habit building, personal projects, learning a new skill and many other things. Make sure you have a variety of goals, body mind and spirit. This will certainly help relieve stress.
2. Start a side project
A side project, which can not be about making money, is also crucial in keeping your mental sanity. Do something with and for others. Life can be lonely and it can be a little rough if you don't have the means to pre-occupy your mind with a fulfilling project. Build a community gym, start a podcast to discuss those things you love, and teach people some skills for free. Just do that thing you love. This will certainly set you free and let you appreciate things more and be passionate about something.
You can also start freelancing, create an account on nerdlify and showcase your skills and what you've worked on before. Companies and individuals can hire you and start paying you. This also requires you to have sellable skills such as web development, graphic design, writing, app development and many others.
3. Read physical books
Reading is an excellent way of acquiring new knowledge and appreciating the different perspectives on things. In the age of Netflix and TikTok, it is very hard to find extra time for reading, but you should struggle to find that time. There is a saying, each book you read, is a life lived. Remember you don't have to read books only on work or technical topics, but read a variety of books, fiction, adventure, controversy, politics. Keep yourself informed of the changes in culture, and perceptions of things. This variety of information will help you fire your imagination, stabilises your emotions and stimulates the memory centres of your brain.
4. Watch the news, but not too much
Watching news can be very dangerous if you're not careful, the hate and misinformation/disinformation our mainstream media are displaying nowadays is unprecedented. If you listen to the news wholeheartedly and believe what you're watching then I promise you, you'll be a pessimist in a matter of months. So always have a variety of new sources and presenters.
Another fascinating news source, are podcasts. Big governments have not yet fully grasped the importance of podcasts and so there is less interference with the narrative. But there is a danger also, a non-expert can claim to know about a topic and start spreading wrong or incorrect information. However, personally, I believe podcasts are still the best way of keeping in touch with current affairs.
5. Prioritise your off days.
Take some time off, and disconnect yourself from the internet. This will help you offset the pressure and exhaustion. The length of off days depends on a person, but I things too much of it can lead to you losing your focus. Make it 2-3 months. Come back with a new refreshed way of looking at things.