On the other hand, working from home can also make it harder to know when the working day is really over. Your work computer is never far away – and if you use the same smartphone for work and personal matters, it can keep chiming with email notifications all night. In the long run, this can leave you feeling exhausted and stressed, like you can never really get away from the job.
There’s no easy way of getting around this except to force yourself to keep your work life and your personal life separate. Decide in advance when you’re going to stop for the day, and when that time comes, save your work and close every window on your computer – don’t just minimise them in case you come up with a way to tweak that one fiddly little paragraph five minutes from now. Stand up and walk out of your office – maybe even go for a walk around the block to clear your head. Don’t answer work calls or emails after a fixed time of day – and if your clients persist in trying to reach you in the evenings or at weekends, politely request that they respect your office hours.
With a little force of will and a sense of professionalism and self-respect, these little tips can make a big difference to your working life. You’ll get your work done faster and more efficiently, and your quality of life can improve immensely. Give it a try and see what it can do for you.