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How to Maintain a Quality Work Life When You're at Home


Maintaining a quality work life at home can be just as challenging as working outside of your residence. The first step toward creating a quality work life at home involves organizing your life so that time is spent efficiently. This way, there will be more time left to attend to family activities for a more balanced life.

Design an Adequate Working Space

Set up your home office area and keep it separate from your personal home life. This kind of boundary helps organize time and thought, as well as make it easier to take a tax deduction. Ensure that you have everything needed for your business close by. Maintain the space in a part of your home where you aren't likely to spend leisure time. This will make it easier to be serious about your work at home, and give it the dignity and respect it deserves.

Devise a Schedule

Create a work schedule that includes attending to personal activities, such as exercising, showering and eating breakfast. For mothers who work from home and have children, arrange the schedule to work around getting them ready for school, taking them to school and picking them up. If you have babies, arrange the schedule to incorporate feeding, play and nap times. Try to use the same routine each day, so that your children will get used to the schedule. This will also make it easier for you to be as productive as you can be. 

Ensure that you tell everyone necessary about the schedule. Arrange to have routine phone calls go to voice mail so that you are not continually interrupted from your work. Explain to family and friends that you are running a business, so that they respect that you are a working professional. By establishing regular work hours, it will be easier to be more effective with your work. Keep your social life active, returning calls regularly when it is convenient for you.

Arrange for a Support System

Always let your partner, spouse or family know about schedule conflicts or areas where you could use help. Rather than trying to do it all yourself, realize that there will be times when it seems like there aren't sufficient hours in the day to get all of your work done and manage the household. People in your support system will be understanding and can help when necessary. It may be a good idea to consider hiring outside help from time to time when possible. For example, a nanny could take your children to a park for a few hours each week.

Network with Work at Home Professionals

Find a network of work at home professionals and mothers to compare notes with. This can be beneficial in giving each other support and exchanging ideas. Arrange to trade kids or share child care duties. As you increase your support circle, it will enhance the quality of life for you overall. You can find resources online through websites, as well as local coffee shops and other places where work at home professionals and mothers congregate socially. Visit online forums to chat and share ideas, tips and other suggestions.

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