It’s been said that the best things in life are never easy. This is especially true for achieving that ideal mix of the personal and the professional parts of your life. You must be disciplined and organised, especially when you’re working from home. Doing so will get that work/life balance right. And, you’ll reap a lot of great benefits!
You can schedule your work to fit your lifestyle
When you have your home business, it’s important that you set a schedule and block off some time to actually work. But you don’t necessarily have to do so from 9 to 5, Mondays through Fridays. It’s up to you to set your hours and stick to them.
Because you’re in charge, your priorities define your schedule and not the other way around. You won’t miss a milestone moment because you’re doing overtime in the office. You can care for a sick loved one and then create a presentation. Catch up with old friends over a leisurely lunch without wondering about what your boss will say. Enjoy a late night concert without worrying about how a hangover will affect your performance bonus.
If you’re a night owl, you can stay up all night doing what you love and sleep in the mornings. If you have kids, you can drop them off at school and check off your project’s to-do list before picking them up.
You can work in the way that best suits you
There’s only so much that a framed photo or potted plant can do to brighten up a dingy cubicle. Add chatty co-workers, multiple mindless meetings, and priorities set by someone’s whim, and you’ll find it harder to concentrate and get things done.
Working from home gives you more control over your time, environment, and tools. You’re in charge, so you can set up your office space your way. Remove any distractions so you stay in the zone longer. Boost your creativity by looking at nice décor and playing your favourite song. Assign yourself several small commissions or just one big passion project. Focus on the job at hand, or do chores and answer emails at the same time.
Working from home even lets you get up and take breaks whenever you need to. Whether it’s brewing a pot of tea, going for a run, or taking a nap, you can give your mind a pause so that you can come back refreshed and ready to go again.
You can really reward yourself after working hard
Working for yourself means that you can really work hard and play harder. You can build in a couple of minutes of relaxation into your schedule. Have a long bath at night. Give yourself a day off in the middle of the week. You can even take a holiday longer than four weeks without asking for HR approval.
You can get the support you need
Just because you’re working on your own doesn’t mean you have to face any issues that pop up alone. Call a friend and discuss your difficulties with family. Working from home gives you the freedom to talk about whatever you want to share with your loved ones.
Alternatively, you can find an organisation that supports practitioners of your industry. Bookkeepers, for instance, have the Australian Bookkeepers Network, females in business can connect with AusMumpreneur and so on. Groups like these can connect you with experts in the field so that you can get the help you need. They can even keep you updated with the latest trends and connect you with a community of professionals and clients.
The key to getting a great work/life balance while working from home is being disciplined and organised. That may not seem easy, but you’ll get great benefits that make it worthwhile.