How to Balance Your Life and Work When You Work at Home
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How to Balance Your Life and Work When You Work at Home

Working at home and juggling a family can be difficult. However, with the right steps, you will be able to have a perfect balance between your family and your work.

Most people can not imagine what it would be like to work at home. Not having to rush to work. Not having to leave your kids with strangers. While it all sounds worth while, the truth of the matter is that it can be more difficult than it sounds. Learning how to balance your life and your work when you work at home can be one of the toughest things to accomplish. The following are some tips to get you on the right track:

Working at home means that you have flexibility with the hours you actually work. Don’t let them get too flexible, though. Set hours are more beneficial to your work and your family.

Don’t try to get your work done on the living room coffee table or at the kitchen table. Create a space that is for your work and your work only. Make sure you set some rules about others entering your space and you will find you are more productive when working.

When you are working, forget about the house chores. You can’t be expected to do laundry or worry about the dishes in the middle of a job.

Set aside a special time each day to spend with your children. This could be early in the morning or late in the evening. Regardless, this time should be just theirs and never interrupt their time for work.

Spend some time to prepare for the following week. Scheduling one day a week to cook the meals for your family will save you a ton of time each day. In fact, if you let the kids help, it will increase your quality time together.

Set some rules for your clients. No client should ever try to contact you late at night. This is your family’s time. By putting the rules out there, you are letting your clients know that you will be available to them, but only during a certain set of hours and your family will not resent you for unnecessary interruptions.

Working at home and balancing your family life along side it can be difficult, but it can be done. Many people are able to enjoy all of the advantages of working from home because they have learned how to separate the two from on another. It may take some time to get used to, but it could be the best thing you ever do for yourself and your family.

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Ranked #11 in Work At Home

Such great advice! I am getting better at a balance, but nowhere near where I should be. :)

Very good advice. I work from home and the tendency is to work longer than I would if I were away in an office.

I'm a work-at-home-mom and found these advices very useful.