It can be pretty tough to get a good work life balance when you work at home. However, it is essential for your own mental and physical well being. Happily, it is something that can be achieved with a little effort. Read on to find out how.
Create an office space.
It doesn’t have to be an actual office, just a space in the home that is dedicated to working. In fact, by delineating such an area, it can really help you to get into the work frame of mind when you sit down each morning. It can also help to prevent all of your work clutter from spreading all over the house, something that can happen pretty easily when we take our laptop from room to room and work wherever we feel comfortable.
Of course, if you can find even a small room to keep your desk, chair and work equipment in, it’s even better as then you can close the door on it at the end the day. This being something that is a fantastic way of keeping your work and home life as separate as possible when you are a WAHM.
Keep your personal and business finances separate.
When starting up a business or freelancing it can be very tempting to use our own credit, cash cards, and personal accounts to pay for things. After all, time is money, and it’s often just easier to purchase the resources we need by paying for them right away so we can get on with the task in hand. However, this can easily blur the lines between your professional and personal life and make it much more challenging to keep a proper eye on your books for tax purposes too.
To that end, it’s well worth going about your resources acquisition properly by submitting a purchase order for the supplies that you need. Happily, you can get just about any resource you need by setting up a business account and using purchase orders, from paper and printing ink to much more specialised items for niche fields like this chip kit use in DNA testing. Something that means you can make it much easier to keep your personal and professional finances lives separate.
Have a work phone and a personal phone.
It may seem like a bit much to have two phones, but if you make a lot of calls for work, it can actually help you keep calmer and more organised. This is because when you are using your work phone, you can be entirely focused on your client and their needs, instead of being distracted by personal things.
Another great benefit of this is that once the end of the day rolls around you can shut off your work phone, without having to worry that any personal energy call or message will be missed.
Oh, and it also means that you get to use your personal phone for all those fun things like playing games, and consuming media without being tempted to check up on work email or the company social media. Something that can help you delineate your work and personal life much better and so help you to achieve a more effective work-life balance.