It's hard to find a balance between work and life. And even harder to learn how to balance work and life when you work from home! Here are some great tips to find a good work-life balance with a work-at-home job.
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Our world is constantly becoming more and more mobile. Almost everything can be done from your phone; you can shop for groceries through an app and schedule all of your doctors appointments with a tap of your finger.
The American workplace is also being revolutionized in this age of technology. More and more companies are offering remote, or work-from-home, positions. Some of them are hybrid positions, where the company requires you to work in the office a few days a week and from home the rest of the week. Some companies are completely outsourcing their employees, relying on email, chats, and video conferences to keep a global company functioning.
There are a lot of advantages to working from home. For example, you might be eligible for surprising tax deductions for costs around your home. But, there’s a downside to it too. Making your own hours and getting to do your work in your pajamas on your couch may seem like the ultimate job position, but working from home comes with it’s own set of setbacks and dilemmas.
Here are some tips to help you keep a healthy line in your life between your personal life and your home life, even when you’re a person who works from home.
Clock in and clock out
Because you’re doing all of your work from home, it can seem like any and all hours can, or should, be devoted to working. It becomes far too easy to postpone work, and simply work later into the night. Soon, you may find yourself still writing work emails at 9 pm on a Tuesday, or waking up at the crack of dawn on the weekend and finishing the project you didn’t get around to during the week.
You may also find yourself having a hard time dedicating time to actually doing work while you’re working from home. Maybe you start your morning slow with a second cup of coffee, you play with your kids a little bit, and then before you know it you’re making dinner and you haven’t gotten any work done for the day. This means that you’ll either have to do twice as much work tomorrow, or you’ll be up all night making up for the time that you lost during the day.
The best way to counter this tendency is to set aside solid work hours each day. Have others keep you accountable, if you have a hard time with it, scheduling work calls at the beginning of your day if getting started is the trouble, or encouraging your family to call you out on working anytime after dinnertime.
The only way to find the balance that you need, is to stay organized. If you have a hard time staying on task when you’re working from your bedroom, relocate to a different area of your home. Sit at your kitchen table, or dedicate a room in your home as an office space. Make sure that wherever you’re working is free from distractions like television, children, and maybe even your cellphone.
Keeping yourself in a dedicated space can definitely help you keep your head clear. But this isn’t the only reason to stay organized. When you’re at home, you’re more likely to let small things slip through the cracks. If you own your own business or head up responsibilities for your company, you need to make sure that you’re outsourcing the things that become confusing at home, like legal or accounting concerns that you might not be able to handle alone. It’s also important to keep organized documents for work separate from your household records. This will help you get more deductions when tax season rolls around, and avoid pitfalls that can turn into legal hassles.
You have to stay dedicated
The reason a lot of work-from-home businesses fail is because it can be too hard to stay on target. When you start your at-home job, you’re motivated, and you spend all of your free time working on creating new products, marketing strategies, and growing your clientele. But as time goes on, you start to let parts of your business fall to the wayside. Don’t let this happen! If you’re getting distracted at home, hire someone to watch your kids so you can work, or whatever is necessary for you to get a few hours to work uninterrupted. An important part of owning a business is knowing when to branch out and get an offsite office space to work at every day, if that’s what’s needed to keep your business successful. Not every job can be done from home.
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Aurora McCausland is a professional writer and blogger enjoying life in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although she spends the majority of her time writing, when she’s not, you can find her cuddling her dog, hiking with her husband, or trying to find the perfect coffee shop. You can see more of her writing on her website www.auroramccausland.com or check her out on instagram, @auroramccausland.