Have you recently decided to start a work from home job and you’re wondering how you will manage to balance the responsibilities of your family life with those of your career? Or perhaps you are already working from home and are experiencing difficulties with handling the demands of your family’s needs and your career?
Well, don’t despair! It is possible to balance your family life with a work from home job. Here are some ideas that will help:
Work-Life Tip #1: Identify Time-Wasters and Distractions.
One of the biggest issues with working from home is having too many distractions, demands and other unpleasant things coming at you all day while you try to get some actual work done. You may have noisy neighbors, phone calls from friends and family or frequent disruptions from children to contend with. Then there are the time-wasters, like surfing the internet, television and team members holding up projects. If you are experiencing any of these things, it’s time to take a good look at what’s causing them and systematically weed out the things that you have control over.
Work-Life Tip #2: Learn to Say “No.”
A big problem with telecommuters is that they bite off more than they can chew. In an effort to be viewed as active team members, telecommuters can be prone to accepting every project that’s offered to them. This can lead to burn-out and lack of interest in the work itself, which is very counterproductive. When asked to take on additional duties or projects, don’t be afraid to let the requester know you will consider the additional work, then once it is weighed against existing projects, learn to say “no” to avoid becoming too overwhelmed to complete anything.
Work-Life Tip #3: Maintain your health.
When people work from their homes, they may start forgetting to take care of themselves. This can be for a lot of different reasons, like not having a reminder or reason to get out of the house, getting lost in the juggling act of work and home demands, being drawn to the fridge and snack drawers a little too often, or a lack of health insurance. Whatever the reason, despite being a work from home professional, you still need to take care of yourself, both emotionally and physically. If you get sick, take time to recuperate. If you need some time around people, meet a friend for coffee or lunch. If you're feeling blah in general, go to the gym or a walk around the block. Remember, your family is counting on you to stay healthy and happy.
Work-Life Tip #4: Separate work from life.
This is a huge problem experienced most often by telecommuters: work leaks into your home life. Having the ability to work from the convenience of your home office definitely has its advantages, but it can also mean having a very difficult time separating oneself from work and personal life. It’s important that even though you work from home, at the end of your work day, you need to separate yourself from your job and transition into your personal life. That also means when you report to work, you leave your personal life behind. Getting an office with a door that can close is always a plus, but you can also imagine a door being closed when you transition between work and home life, if that’s what it takes.
Work-Life Tip #5: Find a flexible career.
If you are struggling to find that work-life balance, to put it bluntly, it may be because you are in the wrong job or working for the wrong company.
You may want to examine your skills and start researching other possible jobs that will work better for you to help you find a better work-life balance. One excellent resource for finding excellent work from home jobs is Flexjobs
, an online career service that provides the best in real telecommuting opportunities. Or you can just browse through online communities and forums to get ideas on other work at home roles you could possibly consider.
Being able to work from home is a great opportunity for most professionals to find that work and life balance they desire. Just like any other job, however, you must be mindful of the things that can throw that balance out of sync and what to do when this happens.
Tess C Taylor