Workers who trudge into an office every day are jealous of people who work from home. After all, the work-from-home crowd does not have to battle rush-hour traffic, listen to office gossip, or even get dressed.
The grass is always greener right. But the truth is, people who work from home have their own list of issues to deal with. The main one being that it’s hard for them to stop working. When your work place is also where you unwind, it can be difficult to transition. It’s not unusual that these people start working and then 11 hours later realize that they are still working.
Luckily, there are some things individuals who work from home can do to help them keep the balance between there personal home life and their work home life.
- Set up a time for your “close of business”: And stick to it. Be it 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. you should resolve to shut off your computer and close your office door for the night. Resist the temptation to write one more paragraph or make one more sales call. Also, ensure your workday is a normal 8 or 9-hour day.
- Do something for yourself: When your day ends, make sure you do something for yourself. It doesn’t need to be much. Watch a TV show, work out, or read something non-work related. This habit will help you regardless of when you have set your workday to end. This can be something simple: Maybe you want to take it easy on the couch and stream a few episodes of your favorite sitcom. Or it can be a bigger deal, such as a dinner date with a friend or a trip to the movies. Taking a mental break will help get you mentally out of your work.
- Leave the house: It's easy as a work-from-homer to spend all of your time at home. You look up, see it's the end of the week, and realize that the only time you left your house was to go to the grocery store when you ran out of cereal. Don't become a work-from-home shut-in. It's simply not healthy.
Overwork leads to stress, whether you work from home, in an office, or out in the field. The key to holding onto your sanity, no matter how you work, is to reserve non-work time for yourself.
So what happens if you can't force yourself to shut off the workday if you work from home? Maybe it's time to consider returning to the office, where there's always someone around to shut off those lights and chase you out of your cubicle.