Not so long ago I was one of those people that would frantically work around clock but would have nothing to show for it. I was constantly playing catch up, working late nights and pretty close to having a burnout. I knew something had to give.
One of the perks of being an entrepreneur is the ability to work from home. Which means I’m able to spend more time at home with my family. But it also means I need to intentional about how I spend my time. In this blog post I would like to share how to go about setting boundaries when working from home.
Have set working hours
I used to work all day, even when my kids were back from school. But I found I wasn’t being productive during that time because I would be constantly receiving requests for all kinds of things from the kids. Which means I was frequently distracted and I wasn’t being prodctive. So now I have set working hours. I typically start working at 08:00 am, after school drop-offs, and I finish at 11:45 am so that I can pick up my daughter at 12:00 pm. Once she gets home I don’t open my laptop and I limit time spent on my cell phone.
Wake up earlier
I have repeatedly written about this in the past, but waking up earlier has levelled up my productivity game. I’m up at 4:45 am and I use that time to write. I’m a morning person, so that is when I’m most productive. By the time my family wakes up I’ve written an entire blog post. More importantly, I’ve stopped working in the evening because I realised I would spend hours on my laptop once everyone was asleep, but I wouldn’t get much done because I was too exhausted. Besides, I would rather spend that time with Zithu.
I remember last year at this time I didn’t upload any blog posts. The June holidays completely caught me off-guard and I didn’t have any content that I had created in advance. The kids were at home with me 24/7 which meant I couldn’t create. Fortunately, I’ve learnt from my mistakes and I now batch my content so that I at least have one month’s worth of content ready to go at any time. Consequently, I can spend time with my kids without worrying about falling behind on my work.
Working from home is a privilege but you need to be strategic about how you use your time. You undoubtedly need to plan ahead, have set working hours and take advantage of your most productive hours. How have you set your boundaries when working from home? Let me know in the comments below.