September 22, 2017

How to Balance Work and Life

Working from home isn’t quite as easy as it sounds: And all freelancers are aware of this fact. Juggling family responsibilities with work isn’t easy, all the more so if you have children or dependants relying on you for their financial as well as physical wellbeing. In any case, all freelancers, and most especially work at home mums, should know how to balance their work lives with their personal lives.

While some of the work at home moms wake up early in the morning for an uninterrupted hour of work, others prefer working late in the night after the kids have gone to bed. The trick to working well is keeping everyone else occupied doing something or the other. However, many freelancers really get absorbed into their work, to the extent that they tend to ignore their homes and families. Others get so involved with their home lives, that they tend to forget about their work. This can lead to problems if you’re getting too close to the deadlines without having achieved anything.

There must be a balance between your work life and your home life. The question is: How do you achieve it? By being organized. Every work at home mom who has a time plan will achieve her goals more efficiently than the one who doesn’t. This isn’t speculation: It’s a fact. Always split up your day in such a way that you get the best of the two worlds.

Try working in the early mornings when your muse is at its best, and the creative juices are flowing after a good nights sleep. In fact, observe yourself and your routine for about two weeks, and then make your time plans. When are you at your most creative? Allot that time for your work. Always keep a timer for these sessions of work. You don’t want to be so absorbed that the kids miss their dinner, do you? Splitting your hours between your work and your home life is the best way to balance each.

Many freelancers also experience tension with their spouse, due to the fact that where work is involved, tempers sometimes run short. In the end, it’s your decision. Working in a peaceful house, free of tension, gives you the freedom to work efficiently. It’s always better to dedicate set hours for work, such that your family knows better than to disturb you at this time. Erratic working leads to a lot of disturbances, and doesn’t get much done. So plan your time well, and stick to it.