Let’s Discover The Truth and The Challenges That Come With Working From Home. As Fantastic As It Is For The Freedom It Creates It’s Not All A Bed Of Roses!
Working From Home – the desire to quit your job and work from home. Great… I did…
Many full-time employees come to a time in their lives when they contemplate how great it would be to resign from their jobs and begin working for themselves, pursuing a home based business.
This is absolutely achievable and works for a large number of self-employed entrepreneurs working from their homes, although I believe that the reason it works for these people is because they understand the importance of having a healthy balance within their lives.
They have focused on creating structure and draw a clear line between all of the different areas of their lives.
So look… I said at the start it is not all a bed of roses. Well, yes true because you need balance. However, I can also say that when you crack working from home and gain the freedom, set goals to achieve and live a life of choice, it’s a great lifestyle, a laptop lifestyle.
Working From Home – The 3 Biggest Challenges About Working From Home
Today, let me share with you 3 off the biggest challenges I have had since starting to work from home, and then I want to leave you with some ways in which I have overcome these challenges. But firstly, to begin recognizing the challenges that you may currently be facing.
Working From Home – Challenge 1 To Overcome
When your home life and your work life become one.
I have personally fallen into this trap and trust me it is easy to do. Especially if you have a young family with kids in and out all throughout the day. You can find yourself not knowing when to close the office door and call it a day, therefore bringing your work home with you and not giving your family the time and attention, they deserve.
You may think to yourself, it’s just one quick email, or I’ll just quickly check my sales or take a quick phone call, but it actually leaves you disengaged with what is going on with your family at a time when you are meant to be focused on them. I urge you to be mindful, operating a home business this way will very quickly begin to take its toll and this is when cracks begin to show.
Working From Home – Challenge 2 To Overcome
You Will Encounter Constant Distractions and Interruptions.
There may also be other distractions, such as dogs barking or music playing from the next-door neighbour’s house.
The doorbell may ring or the home phone rings. All of these distractions may have a negative impact on your productivity, you may find it hard to concentrate and you begin to get less, and less work done.
I have seen many people take huge risks to begin an online business only to struggle to find a balance where they can have enough uninterrupted time to focus and concentrate on what they need to get done.
Working From Home – Challenge 3 To Overcome
Feeling disconnected and lacking the human interaction you need and which you would experience at a workplace.
For those of you who don’t have family at home or regular social interactions with others, you may begin to miss the human interaction you experience whilst working in a busy office space. I know this feeling!
Even though these days you can be very much connected via internet access and online conferencing tools, you may still feel as though you are disconnected. You may begin to feel as though you are never leaving home, you work there and you spend your free time there. If you start to feel a bit of cabin fever then maybe it is time for you to get out more and make some changes.
I can tell you, from my own experiences, that cabin fever is real. Your mental health is important, and it is as important as your physical health. We work away, more, more and more and then we may burn ourselves out and feel isolated. So we drown ourselves in the work. When I feel like this, the beauty of having a second home in Cyprus is that I can go for a walk on the beach or even live the laptop lifestyle on the beach!
It is pretty clear that there are many challenges that show themselves when someone starts a business working from home, and I believe that those that succeed are the ones who go into their business ready to face these challenges head on and approach the situation correctly. Anything you do in life will present you with challenges. In order to move past these challenges, you simply get to decide how you are going to find a solution and recognise the growth you experience with each challenge you overcome.
I want to leave you with a couple of things that have helped me find better balance in my life as an online entrepreneur working from home. If you are feeling as though your work life balance is a little off than maybe this would be a good place to start.
Working From Home – Finding Balance – Clearly Define Work and Family Time
This is a huge reason that many people become un-balanced when working from home, especially if you have a family at home with you. It is so easy to mix the two and this is where the problem begins.
Personally, I have found that setting clear boundaries and creating an organized schedule to follow can really eliminate a lot of this confusion. Get really clear about the time you need to spend working in order to run your business successfully, allowing enough time to get your work done properly. Commit to sticking to this schedule as closely as possible and make sure you get the family on board too. Make it clear to the entire family that these are your work hours and you need to be able to have this time to work without interruptions.
Finally, you need to make sure that you also remember not to bring your work into the time you have set aside for yourself and your family. For the healthiest work life balance, you need to make sure you stick to the strict boundaries you set, that way everyone wins.
Working From Home – Finding Balance – Quiet and Organized Office Space or Shared Office Spaces
Try not to make the mistake of taking on an online business or work from home job if you do not have the space you need to be able to work uninterrupted by the rest of the family. You need to set yourself a space in the house which is away from distractions, whether it be a designated room for your office or a quiet place in the house. It must be an area that you know will not cause you to be interrupted or distracted.
It can take up to ½ hour for you to get your head back into focus after being interrupted from your work, so imagine how unproductive you would become if you are getting interrupted multiple times a day.
Another good option is shared work spaces, if you are feeling isolated due to working from home and feel as though human interaction is what you are missing than finding a way you can be around others with similar interests can be very important.
In shared office spaces you get the chance to chat to others, maybe even sit and have lunch or share after work drinks with someone in a similar work situation as you.
If you are someone who is finding it hard to balance their life whilst working from home then I hope that this article has been highly beneficial.
I know from my own personal experience that it is not always easy and that there is not always a black and white answer. Although I also know, that you are responsible for making it work for yourself and your family. So, if you are committed to creating a healthy work life balance it is probably best to take the action required to make it work sooner rather than later.
Don’t forget to constantly remind yourself of the positive things that also come along with working from home and remember you are the one that chose this lifestyle in the first place.
I wish you every success with your blogs and in running your home business from anywhere in the world. However, don’t forget to live. Are you? Maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Mark Ford – Home Business Lifestyle Consultant, loyally stepping up for others SO THAT they are given inner peace. Registered Office: 13-15 Commercial Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4DE, United Kingdom. Registered in England No. 8927341.
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