- 23rd April, 2018
When you work remotely as a freelancer or an entrepreneur, you step away from the normal barriers of working hours. It can be incredibly hard, at the end of each day, to focus on anything else. With modern technology this is especially hard; you can often carry the entire office in your pocket, 24 hours a day.
So, what simple steps can you take to ensure you are splitting the two areas of your life, feeling fulfilled both at home and at work?
Social media is hugely important to promote and grow your small business. Over-promoting to your friends, however, can be boring for your personal friends. What’s more, sharing personal information to work contacts can be unprofessional, sharing more personal details than you would choose to.
This also gives you a cut off point for work, so you can carefully balance your professional and personal life. Check and update these feeds separately, at designated and appropriate times, rather than simultaneously.
It is really hard in business, especially a new one that absorbs all your time, to say no to the demands of your clients or potential customers. There are times when personal life is more important.
Significant personal events such as birthdays, your kids’ concerts or even going to the gym are essential to your success at work, as much as your personal life. Highlight any events you’d like to attend by putting them firmly in your diary, and saying no to work occasionally.
There are lots of great platforms that can help you be more organised in both areas. These include making more use of your phone diary and to do lists, to downloading separate journal systems like bullet journals.
This isn’t as ‘hippy’ as it sounds! One of the best times to practice just ten minutes of mindfulness is at the time you’d like to finish work and hop back in to your home life.
There are some great apps available for this, one of our favourites is Headspace but there are many more.
If you work with a team of people, whether you’re the boss or have busy, demanding colleagues, make sure that you draw the line when you need to. It can be very easy to spend too much time chatting or having an end-of-day beer with your colleagues.
Sometimes this is important to your professional life, but on other occasions this can be an unwanted intrusion to your time at home. If you are the boss, be the boss; make sure you don’t blur the lines, or raise expectations that you’re available 24/7. There are times when work can wait and should wait — make this clear to your colleagues.
Are you the person who always has more work to finish? Do you ever take it home to finish later? Ask yourself if it really needs to be taken home. If you want to give the correct focus to your work and home life, the best advice is do not take work home… ever!
This habit is certainly a bad one, but habits can be changed. Taking work home should be saved for very unique circumstances.
This is why so many people are moving away from home offices and working in shared workspaces like Workplace instead. Having separate venues for work and home really helps define and separate your home life from your work life, ensuring you’re productive both professionally and personally.