Balancing work and family is hard enough when one or both parents work outside the home. Stressors at the job may manifest themselves on the weekend, sometimes work has to be brought home, or a long commute or hours can all affect quality family time. Working at home only compounds these issues, so here are some tips on keeping work at work and still having a home life.
1. Enlist family support. It would be rather difficult to work at home if your spouse and/or children are against it. To try and gain some support, it may be helpful to make a pro/con list of what working at home would be like versus what going to the office would entail.
2. Find time to work. Evaluate your day-to-day schedule to see when you could squeeze out some work time. Do your children take regular naps? Are you a night owl and can work after they go to bed? Is your work of the type where you can work and be with your children at the same time (like some crafting jobs)? Do you have older children who are in school for part of the day? These and others are questions you would have to ask yourself when determining your “office hours.” When finding time to work, you also want to factor in “growth” time – time that you spend marketing or otherwise growing your business.
3. Make time to play. Avoid getting burned out by also remembering that family should come first. It’s easy to fall into a trap of working all the time, just because you can. But doing so will only cause undue stress, and both your work and your family time is likely to suffer because of it. Remember the reasons you started working, and keep your life fun, so you don’t go “out of business” instead of thriving.