As a business owner, it can be hard to set boundaries for your work schedule. Especially when you work from home. I have definitely been guilty of being so focused on a project that I couldn’t mentally “clock out” for the day. Even though I always have time flexibility working from home, setting precise work hours for myself has helped my efficiency and work/life harmony. At the end of my work day I also like to take Luna on an afternoon walk to help clear my mind and get me moving.
Some more ideas on boundaries to set to make your work and life feel more balanced:
Set working hours, and build a routine around them. Utilize different senses to set the tone for “work” vs. play. For some it might be lighting a candle when they start their work day, getting dressed (or getting into comfy clothes at the end of the work day).
Designated office space (check out this episode of 100% Creative with tips from an interior designer on how to create an inspiring home office space!)
Setting boundaries with your family-they know not to disturb you during work hours, setting up childcare if needed and able to, etc.
Prioritizing your health. Take a real lunch break and cook yourself a healthy meal! Make it a ritual, and don’t eat it in front of your laptop!
Don’t give in to distractions. Not letting yourself get distracted by home surroundings like a basket of laundry. Remind yourself that if you were working outside the home, you couldn’t see the laundry.
Pomodoro Technique – set a timer for 20 minutes to work on one task, and then take a 5 minute break. Repeat this three times and then take a longer break!
Don’t let work rule your day! Your home is your place of sanctuary- keep it that way. At the end of the day shut that laptop, pour yourself a glass of wine, do some yoga stretches – whatever it takes to start relaxing!