For many writers — myself included — working at home was at least part of the draw of becoming a freelancer.
There’s no commute. You’re not tied to a desk. There’s no boss hovering over your shoulder. You get to set your schedule and your fees.
But here’s something I wish someone had told me sooner…
When you work from home, you also live at work.
And sure enough, many writers — myself included — occasionally experience times where the boundaries between home and work start to blur.
Either you find yourself still at your computer well into the evening, just tying up one more thing before you call it quits. And then maybe one more thing after that. If you think back on your day, you didn’t work four, six, or eight hours. It was more like 12 or 14.
Or, you find yourself distracted when you’re trying to relax with friends or family (or even by yourself). The thoughts about what you didn’t get done during the day creep in, and you don’t really disengage from the workday, even though it looks like you have.
If this is striking a nerve, first I’ll just say, I can relate. I’ve been there.
And second, I have an easy-to-do suggestion that can help you establish work hours and at-home hours in a more real way.
And that’s to reintroduce the daily commute.
I know, I know… we hate commuting. But bear with me.
This is a short daily commute.
For me, it’s a walk around the block before I start my day and then again at the end of it.
For you, it could be the same. Or it could be a drive to pick up a latte at the local coffee shop.
Whatever you choose for your daily commute, try to make it the same every day. And keep it short — 10 minutes or less.
By doing this, you’ll delineate your day and add some separation between work and home hours.
Now, I should note, I don’t use this trick all the time. But when I find myself working late or ruminating over work in the evenings more often than not, I start commuting. It helps restore my balance. It might help restore yours, too.
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