Commuting to your workplace is a drag, and people who do it every day envy people that get to work from home. They don’t have to deal with the hassle and cost of a commute. They don’t have to cope with a co-workers annoying habit of singing at random and they don’t even need to get out of their pajamas if they don’t want to.
But working from home is not all chilling out in your pajamas and sleeping in late. The common trap that many of these people get caught in is the inability to stop working. It’s hard to transition from work when you work from home. Often professionals who work from home will find that they are still working and it’s already midnight. Having a good work/life balance is critical for everyone and when the lines are blurred between them, things can become ‘caddywhompus’.
However, there are things that individuals who work from home can do to remedy this for their own mental health.
- Set up a time for your “close of business”: Be sure to set a time to end work. No matter what that looks like for you. It could be a regular 9am to 5pm, or 12pm to 8pm. Just be certain that you stick to it and shut your computer off when your day ends.
- Do something for yourself: After you turn off your computer for the day, be sure to do something for yourself. This will help your mind transition between work and your personal life. It doesn’t have to be something grand. It can be watching your favorite TV show, or working out. Just be certain you do something so you “reset” your day.
- Leave the house: When you work from home you can easily end up spending nearly all your time at home. So, it’s important to notice this is happening and leave the house. Make dinner plans with your friends or go hiking. You should do anything to make sure that you don’t go all week without leaving the house. That’s just not healthy.
Working an excessive amount of 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 secret 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.