by Colleen McArthur
(Georgia, Atlanta, USA)
Finding a balance in your work-at-home (WAH) situation presents a daily challenge. You have to compete professionally with othersworking at home and with family demands on your time. Try this advice for achieving the right balance among competing priorities.
The WAH lifestyle offers you the benefits of setting work hours and being your own boss You also save commuting costs and meals outside the home.
Is it really worth it when you have to be an even better time manager at home? These tips will help you to answer this question affirmatively on a daily basis:
1. Block out a schedule. Your schedule tells you when you must be productive. The schedule also teaches your family to respect your working periods Build your optimum work hours into your schedule. For parents, it might be while the kids are at school. For night, it might be after everyone goes to bed.
2. Be realistic about your goals. Just because you work at homedoes not mean that you should neglect other responsibilities. As a WAH individual, finding a balance includes setting reasonable goals for the time period allotted. Don’t neglect your family needs and responsibilities by overworking in your WAH profession.
3. Increase your output. Trying different schedules will help you to identify your peak times of productivity. Another way to increase productivity is to set daily goals for yourself that help you achieve your overall goals
4. Plan time away from home. You need activities outside the hometo find balance. Think about opportunities for exercise, socializing, and reflection. If it helps, write these activities onto your schedule. You need to find routines that work for you. Design your lifestyle so that you can be happy and productive.