People who drive into the office everyday often are jealous of the work from home crowd. If you work at home, you don’t have to struggle with traffic and deal with co-workers stinky meals. You may even work in your pajamas if the mood strikes.
But working from home is not all hanging out in your pajamas and sleeping in late. The common trap that many of these people get caught in is the inability to stop working. It’s hard to transition from work when you work from home. Often professionals who work from home will find that they are still working and it’s already midnight. Having a good work/life balance is essential for everyone and when the lines are blurred between them, things can become ‘caddywhompus’.
However, there are things that people who work from home can do to remedy this for their own mental health.
Overwork results in stress, whether you work from home, in an office, or out in the field. The key to keeping your sanity, regardless of how you work, is to reserve non-work time for yourself. So what happens if you can’t force yourself to shut off the workday? Maybe it’s time to contemplate returning to the office, where there’s always someone around to shut off those lights and chase you out of your cubicle.
Posted on: 06.08.12