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Working From Home: The Grass is not Always Greener

People who commute into the office everyday often are jealous of the work from home crowd. If you work from home, you don’t have to battle traffic and deal with co-workers stinky meals. You can even work in your pajamas if the mood strikes.

The grass is always greener right. But the truth is, people who work from home have their own set of issues to cope with. The main one being that it’s hard for them to stop working. When your work place is also where you rest, it can be hard to transition. It’s not uncommon that these people start working and then 11 hours later find that they are still working.

Luckily, there are some things people who work from home can do to help them keep the balance between there personal home life and their work home life.

  1. Set up a time for your “close of
    business”
    : Set normal working hours for yourself and stick to them. Whether you start work at 9 and stop at 5, or work from
    11 to 7, make sure the hours you set do not intrude too much on your personal life. Compromising that can be very detrimental. You know, all work and no play etc.
  2. Do something for yourself: When your day ends, ensure you do something for yourself. It doesn’t need to be much. Watch a TV show, work out, or read something non-work related.
    This habit can help you no matter when you have set your workday to end. This can be something simple: Maybe you want to take it easy on the couch and stream a few episodes of your favorite sitcom. Or it can be a bigger deal, such as a dinner date with a friend or a trip to the movies. Taking a mental break will help get you psychologically out of your work.
  3. Leave the house: When you work from home it is easy to end up spending the majority of your time there. You look up, see it’s the end of the week, and find that the only time you’ve left your house was to run to the supermarket when you ran out of cereal.
    Don’t become a work-from-home shut-in. It’s simply not healthy.

Working too much can lead to stress, which can cause health issues.
This is true whether you work from home, in an office, or in the field. So, the key is to find a balance between personal life and work. If you can’t work from home and find that balance, it may be time to return to an office environment. At least then, when they turn off the lights in the office, you will know you have worked long enough.

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