How To Separate Work From Private Life With A Work From Home Business
I speak from many years’ experience when I say that it can be difficult to combine a home life with work when working from home. It can cause considerablHow To Separate Work From Private Life With A Work From Home Business
I speak from many years’ experience when I say that it can be difficult to combine a home life with work when working from home. It can cause considerable stress and pressure on both elements if care is not taken to divide your time and physical location within the home. Working from a desk in the corner of a bedroom and having haphazard working hours will not work for the majority of couples or families. Here are some simple basic ideas and guidelines based on my own experience which will help anyone operating a work from home business.
Organise work at home time and maintain a work routine
This sounds boring I know, and it is probably not what you expected from your own work from home business but this is another vital element of being successful. It is not necessary to stick to regular 9 to 5 hours or even be fully consistent with your work hours, day to day. However, working from home MUST have benefits otherwise why bother. So you can go off and take a walk, take a day off and go to the races, BUT this flexibility MUST be contained within some sort of regular work time framework where the lost time is made up at the weekends or over a few evenings. I am a night owl and often work until the early hours of the morning and sometimes all night. Often I will not start work until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, but I still actually work 50 to 60 hours week because I enjoy it.
Exploit the work from home benefits
There are times when the ability to mix work and home life can be beneficial to all. Do not be afraid to adapt or engineer your work to fit in with family life and vice versa. There will be times when this degree of flexibility can be extremely beneficial and at these times working from home will seem so worthwhile. An example could be that you have a meeting in a town you do not usually visit, so why not take your partner for shopping or a show and make a day of it. The hours can always be made up later. It is also possible to take a lap-top and mobile phone on holiday so you can have more family holidays throughout the whole year rather than just the usual once in the summer. A couple of hours a day or one or two days a week of work can provide many benefits which far outweigh the sacrifices in my opinion.