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Maintaining a work-life balance whilst running your own business from home

Maintaining a work-life balance whilst running your own business from home
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Maintaining a work-life balance whilst running your own business from home
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

Working from home when running a small business can have its benefits, especially if you have the space to do so. However, it does also pose its own unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a work-life balance. This is something that can be hard as the boundaries between both work life and personal life can easily become blurred. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make it easier and we have put together some useful tips to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance when working from home.

Stick to set working hours

Set designated work hours. Depending on your business needs and whether you have international customers, decide upon specific times when you will work each day, for example 9.30am to 6pm and keep to them! By setting an out of office message, if your clients contact you outside of these times (which they will), at least they will know where they stand in terms of communication with you.

You could always use the services of a virtual assistant, to manage international clients outside of your usual working hours, and when you are on annual leave.

Keep a designated workspace with minimal distractions

Create a designated workspace . You should have one room or area of the house which is used solely for work purposes. This will make it much easier to separate your personal and professional lives, as well as providing you with a more productive workspace. Your home is where you should be able to relax after a busy day at work.

Keep distractions to a minimum. If other family members are at home, then let them know times of the day that you are unavailable and cannot be interrupted. Perhaps get some good quality headphones or noise-cancelling earphones to help minimise the audible distractions whilst you are working.

Get dressed in work attire

It might seem unusual to get dressed for work when you are working from home, but if you make the effort, it can have a surprising effect. Spending the day in your lounge wear will not make you feel like you are working at all, as it does not define a start time – plus it does not look professional in Zoom and Teams meetings.  

Ensure you have regular breaks

Take breaks during the day. It is important not only for your physical and mental health , but also for your productivity that you take regular breaks from working at your computer. Staying in the same position, for too long, can lead to stress and tension in your shoulders, neck and back.

Try taking a walk outside or doing some exercise; even just stretching will help reduce muscle tension and make it easier for you to sit back down at your desk without feeling stiff and sore! By taking regular breaks you can relax and refocus your mind on something other than work.

Eat lunch and healthy snacks

Eating a lunch will help give you energy for the latter part of your day. If you set aside a lunch break, you can create a meal as an activity or step out to a local shop or cafe for a meal or takeaway. A healthy meal will help to boost your productivity when you do resume your work.

Try to stay away from too many sugary snacks, as these can give short-lived energy boosts followed by periods of low productivity and tiredness. Alterative snacks such as nuts, fruits and vegetables might be better if you like to graze whilst working.

We hope these tips help create a better balance but if you are looking to separate business from home, why not look into one of our business centres for available offices to rent We would love to chat to see how we can assist you.