When you work from home, it can be challenging to maintain a work-life balance. We’ve put together some tips on how you can improve this balance when working from home.
Have a separate workspace
When you are working from home, make sure you have a separate workplace where it is easy for you to stay focused and get your work done. It is best to make a desk area in your home designated just for work. This area should be kept well organized as it would be if you were working from an office.
Clock in and out at the same time every day
Typically, those who work from home find themselves to be working longer hours than they would if they were in an office. This might sound unusual, but sometimes those who work at home experience an inability to ever really be “off the clock” and it is easy to lose the separation between their professional and personal lives. Clocking in and out at the same time every day is important so that you can create some structure to your day. And you don’t need to use an actual time clock – simply setting your work hours and firmly sticking to them can be helpful.
Communicate clearly with your family
Communication is key! What your family may not realize is that although you are working from home, it is still a job that is to be taken seriously and requires just as much attention as an office job. It is important to remind your family of the hours you are working, and that you are unavailable during those hours. Family can often be your biggest distraction, which underscores the need to communicate clearly with them. This is especially important when you are approaching a deadline or have a scheduled conference call.
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