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How To Separate Work From Private Life With A Work From Home Business
By Peter James
Combining your home life with your work when you have a work from home
business can cause great stresses and pressures on both elements if you
are not careful in how you divide your time and physical places within the
home. Simply operating from a desk stuffed into the corner of your main bedroom
and having haphazard working hours will not work for the majority of couples
or families when one of then has a work from home business. Here we explain
some simple basic measures and guidelines that will help anyone operating
a work from home business.
Working from home - Divide and Separate.
Any work from home business requires its own environment - a dedicate
place where the desk, computer and usual office equipment can be located
and where you can work from in peace and quiet away from the usual family
turmoil. If you dont do this you will simply be unable to work efficiently
or your work requirements will be overbearing for the family. Many people
do not have the luxury of having a spare room already available so converting
part of the garage or reorganising your existing living space is often a
requirement but well worth the effort in the end.
Organise your work at home time and try to maintain a work routine
Yes I know its sounds boring and not what you expected with your own
work from home business but this is another vital element of
being successful. You do not have to stick to regular 9 to 5 hours or even
be fully consistent with your work hours on a day to day basis. Working from
home MUST have its benefits otherwise why bother. So yes go off on that flying
lesson, take Thursday off to go fishing BUT this flexibility MUST be contained
within some sort of regular work time framework where the lost time is perhaps
made up at the weekends or over a few evenings. I regularly work until 2am
in the morning as this is when I do my best work after the stresses of dealing
with incoming phone calls for example but I often wont start work until the
early afternoon BUT I still actually work 50+ hours week because I also enjoy
Exploit the work from home benefits - Engineer the work and family overlaps
for your own enjoyment from time to time.
There are times when mixing work and home life can be beneficial to all within
the household. Never be afraid to adapt or engineer your work demands to
fit in with your family life and visa versa. There will be times when having
this degree of flexibility can work wonders for personal enrichment &
it is these times when working from home seems so worthwhile. A classic
example could be that you have a business appointment or meeting in a nice
but unusual town so why not take your wife for shopping or coffee afterwards
& make a day of it - you can always make up the hours tomorrow. Another
example could be that you can take your lap-top and mobile phone on holiday
in order to have more family holidays throughout the whole year rather than
just the usual once a summer format. For the sake of doing a couple of hours
a day or one or two days a week of work, combining the benefits that
working from home can bring in order to have more family time
together far outweigh the sacrifices in my opinion.
Peter James is the Web Editor of
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