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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Remote Employee

Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.


Our team recently found the article What Most Remote Companies Don't Tell You About Remote Work, which summarizes the pitfalls that come with having no "real" place to work. For digital nomads, the travel-and-work lifestyle can bring on feelings of isolation and depression. For employees who choose to stay home most of the time, the lack of social activity can also cause similar anxieties and feelings of listlessness.

Additionally, no office structure or set routine perpetuates skewed perceptions about productivity. Many times, remote employees end up working longer hours and burning out more quickly than traditional office workers. As the article points out, "There's a sense of personal responsibility to get 'enough' done that can lead people to keep themselves working long past the point of optimal productivity."

Whatever mental challenges remote work yields, there are some routines you can work into your schedule to ensure you're getting the same work-life balance that "normal" employees strive to achieve. Our founder and CEO Andrea Breanna, who let go of RebelMouse's office in 2017, has some tips for combatting remote-work fatigue.

Take a Walk: It sounds so simple, but when you get in the routine of not leaving one spot, sometimes taking a walk seems like a big task. The hardest part is just getting out the door. Make it a point to get outside for a 30-minute walk once or twice a day as a brain break. Head to a coffee shop or a place you like to visit to reward yourself for finishing a project or task before you start the next one. You'll be surprised how much better you feel when you get back.

Group Exercise: Moving your body in various forms is a healthy and natural way to reduce any feelings of anxiety or situational depression. Whether it's yoga, spinning, dance, or something else that gets you away from a screen, participating in an activity as a group brings a sense of community that you may miss from an office environment.

Structure Your Day: The beauty of having no office is that you can create a routine that works best for you. Identify the times of day you're most productive, and prioritize those hours for work. Be sure to set a time where you can unplug from email and tasks to truly unwind. A great way to make sure you step away from your computer is to schedule an afternoon exercise class or activity that will mark the end of your work day. Once the activity is over, let it serve as your own personal signal that it's time to decompress.

Abundant Thinking: At RebelMouse, we try to practice abundant thinking. Read more about what this means here. In short, workers often adopt a scarcity-driven mindset, fueled by the idea that there isn't enough time. A change of perspective can help reverse this world view. Abundant thinking can increase productivity and help you better understand the vast opportunities and achievements waiting for you. Here are some examples of the differences between a scarcity mindset and an abundant-thinking mindset:

Chart from "The Remarkable Advantage of Abundant Thinking."

It's important to remember that there is no correct way to to work remotely. However, taking a proactive approach to preventing some of the mental ruts that can come with remote work will create more space for all of the wonderful benefits of an office-free lifestyle. Whether you are a digital nomad in a new location every few days, or working at home to have the freedom to pick up your children from school, it still comes down to finding the right balance of working from home and living from home.

Do you have your own tips on making the most out of working from home? Send us a note at hello@rebelmouse.com!

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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How to Add Scalable Vector Graphics to RebelMouse

Quickly add an SVG to any page

A Scalable Vector Graphic, or SVG, is a type of graphic format that gives you more flexibility than standard formats like JPEG or PNG.

To add an SVG to your RebelMouse site, first go to your Layout & Design tool. Next, open the SVG in a code editor and copy the entire <svg> element. Then, add a Custom HTML element to your layout and paste in the SVG code:

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