How to manage work-life balance as a virtual assistant


Working from home can be a dream come true. You have the freedom to set your own hours, work in your pajamas, and spend more time with family. But working from home can also lead to stress and burnout if you’re not careful. If you struggle with keeping balance as a virtual assistant or other remote worker, I got some advice for you!

Get a coach

A coach can help you find your balance. As your coach, I can also help you understand your priorities and set boundaries, so that you don’t overcommit yourself and become overwhelmed. A good coach will also help you understand what is possible for you to handle as a virtual assistant, which may be different than what was possible when working face-to-face with clients every day.

Coaching isn’t just for people who need some extra guidance in life; it’s also a great way to achieve goals–and while many coaches specialize in helping others reach their potential, most have experience working with small businesses like yours too!

Set boundaries

  • Set boundaries with family and friends.
  • Set boundaries with clients.
  • Set boundaries with yourself.

Take breaks

As a virtual assistant, you are your own boss. You set your own hours and work at your own pace, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect yourself. It’s important that you take breaks every hour or so to give yourself time away from the computer screen and allow for relaxation before returning back into work mode again. I have a little park around the corner, so every hour and a half or so I go there and read 10 pages of a book. It really helps me unplug and recharge energy. 

It’s also crucial that you don’t work more than four hours straight without taking a break because this will cause physical fatigue which can result in poor quality work or mistakes being made on projects (and no one wants those!). You should try not to work on weekends either because this is when most people spend time with family or friends–so if they want some alone time with each other while they’re out doing fun activities together (or whatever else), then let them have it! And finally: don’t ever ignore signs of sickness such as sneezing/coughing/runny nose etc., because those things could lead up towards developing something worse like pneumonia if left untreated properly by visiting doctor ASAP!

Understand your role

As a virtual assistant, you will be working with clients on projects and tasks that are specific to their needs. This means that it’s important for you to know what types of tasks these clients need help with so that you can offer them a solution that works best for them.

Understand your role as a virtual assistant: If there are any processes or procedures within the company that need changing or updating, then this is where they should be implemented first! You may also want to consider creating some new policies based on experience gained through working with different types of clients over time (e-mail etiquette being one example).

Keep in touch with people face-to-face

  • Make sure you see people in person.
  • If you can’t meet face-to-face, use video chat.
  • Don’t forget to ask about people’s families!

It can be difficult to stay balanced when you work from home, but it's possible.

As a virtual assistant, it can be difficult to stay balanced when you work from home. You might have clients with very different hours and expectations, so you may find yourself working late or on weekends. However, if you don’t set boundaries for yourself and take breaks from your work schedule, this can lead to burnout and stress.

Here are some tips for staying balanced while working as a VA:
  • Make sure that the people who hire you understand what type of role they want their VA to fill in their business. If they expect too much of your time or resources (such as asking for personal favors), then say no! This will help keep everyone happy in the long run.
  • Establishing boundaries is key when working remotely because clients often don’t realize how much time they require from their virtual assistants until after they’ve hired one.
  • If possible try taking periodic vacations where there is zero access to technology (not even cell phones). This allows the brain time away from computer screens which helps recharge our batteries before getting back into high gear again.
  • Try not making any big decisions during these vacations either – just relax!


If you’re struggling with work-life balance, it can be helpful to talk with someone who has been through it before. As your coach, I can help you figure out how to manage your time, set boundaries and create rituals in order to stay on track.

I hope you enjoyed reading my latest blog post and found the tips and insights useful. 


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