By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
Last weekend I spent some time visiting with family. My sister’s ten-acre lot has become something of an oasis these days. The rural atmosphere is a delight for this suburban native, and a much needed source of rest. As I cuddled with my toddler, tired from our hour-long afternoon hike, I remembered a time when my unwillingness to leave work in the office overshadowed our time together. When you work at home, like I do, it can be all too easy to slip into an assignment during off hours.
As I became acclimated to the work-at-home lifestyle, I picked up a few easy techniques to help bring my mind back to the things that matter most at the end of the day. Here are a few ideas for making the transition from work to home a successful one:
Set a work schedule and stick to it. When you plan to work a set number of hours, it is easier to prioritize your time. Once you have a plan in place, be diligent about staying within those boundaries.
Transition by spending time doing something you love. Set aside some time to journal, blog, read a book, or partake in another hobby after you finish working for the day. Time spent doing something you enjoy will help get your mind off of the job and ready for a restful evening.
Keep your To Do list accessible. If a work-related thought begins gnawing at your brain, write it down and leave it for business hours. You’ll have the reminder you need to get the job done at the appropriate time.
Resolve to power down. Shut down your computer, cell phone and other work-related technology at the end of the day. Once it’s off, leave it that way!
When all else fails, get out of town. A weekend getaway or an afternoon with family or friends is a wonderful way to smooth the rough edges left behind by a stressful work week. You needn’t spend a lot of money to get away, sometimes a family trip to a local park is all that is needed to melt the stress away.