Working from home is becoming more common, and it might sound like the ideal situation to many people. You can reduce time spent on things like commuting, you can work in your PJs if you choose, and you can be more productive in many ways because you don’t have to worry about issues like office politics.
While those certainly are benefits of a work at home situation, there’s one big concern a lot of people struggle with, particularly if they’re self-employed or entrepreneurs working from home. That concern is how to maintain a better sense of work-life balance.
That might sound counterintuitive because you’re spending so much time at home and have the opportunity to create a flexible schedule, but a lot of people find that it’s challenging to leave the work behind for the day when they work at home.
The following are some realistic ways to maintain a better sense of work-life balance if you’re a work-at-home professional.
Create Office Hours
You have the flexibility to create your own schedule, but that doesn’t mean you should be available to work 14 hours a day. You should create well-defined office hours and work days for yourself and let your clients or your employer know that’s when you’ll be available. Write down your office hours if you have to, so that you let yourself know when it’s time to walk away from your desk for the day.