5 ways to keep your work and home lives separate

Female interior designer working at home office

April is Stress Awareness Month, so we’ve taken a look at what you can do to keep the boundaries between work and home clearly defined.

When your business and home are one and the same, the lines between relaxation and work can blur. Here are some ways to make sure you switch off from the day’s tension…

Have a clearly-defined workspace
Rather than having your work spread across your kitchen table or all over your living room, isolating an area of your home that’s just for work can be really helpful. If not possible, at least make sure you pack it up at the end of the day so you’re not staring at any uncompleted work and ruminating all night.

Have clear working hours
This can help your brain to know when to switch off at the end of the day, so you don’t end up working until bedtime. Having clearly defined days and times for certain jobs, such as sending out invoices, can help to get things off your to-do list and feel less like everything is piling up on a conveyor belt of anxiety.

Make time for socialising
The life of a freelancer can be pretty lonely sometimes. Feeling like you’ve not left the house in days or even spoken to anyone in weeks can be suffocating. Scheduling hobbies or evenings out can help give you a hard stop, allowing you out of the house to do something you love.

Making time for things you enjoy and people you love is just as important as getting the work done (even if it doesn’t pay the bills!)

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Write your to-do list at the end of each day
Instead of in the morning. And after you’ve written it, give yourself permission to forget about it until the next day.

This way, you can ease in to your day the next morning knowing what you’ve got planned.

Have separate phones for work and home
This will help you stay focussed when you’re working and switch off when you’re not. The last thing you want when you’re on holiday or having a day off with the family is for your phone to blow up with demands from clients, or issues over invoicing.

Equally, when you’ve got your head down you want to focus, you won’t be distracted by endless pings from WhatsApp.


Posted by The Secret Businessman