When you work outside of the home, it can be tough to separate work and life, however, I feel it’s much easier than when working from home. If you have a situation happen in your personal life, you leave it when heading to go to your place of employment. Working from home means that you don’t get to “leave that personal situation”, I mean maybe you go to your office or private corner, but you are still technically “at home” which can make separating personal life situations from working situations extremely difficult.
Top 10 ways I separate my personal life from my work at home life:
- Listen to some upbeat music right before my work at home “shift” starts to increase motivation and deter my mind from previous personal situation.
- Focus, Focus, Focus … on the project at hand, the present rather than the past (even if it was only 10 minutes ago).
- Remind yourself why it is you chose to work from home, the goals you have for yourself and your business.
- Create a positive working space, if you aren’t in a real home office, create your private “area” as one of work focus with motivational posters and encouraging quotes.
- Type out all your to-do’s so that your mind is on all the tasks that must be accomplished, therefore creating no time to think about the personal situation.
- Organize, Organize, Organize … make sure your office area is organized so that you can go from “personal” to “work” mode in less than 1 minute.
- Do not disturb sign: place one up some where, some how so that everyone knows that you are working and are NOT to be disturbed unless for an emergency!
- Ignore everything, unless emergency, and that means the childcare provided, the spouse, the children, the pets, anything that relates to personal rather than work.
- Play your favorite music in the background while working, a tune that will keep your mind from “traveling” and promote efficient working habits.
- Just work .. that’s all there really is to it … you are home, but are you in your “office” now and so just get to work!
Make it a Happy Day!