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4 Keys to Managing Work Life Balance



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No matter if you have a home office, a small business, or work at a major corporation, to some extent we all work at home.

Whether it’s due to the invention of tablets and smart phones, many of us have a challenge balancing work and home life. Here are four simple things you can do to establish a separation, and hopefully lead to a better balance. 

  1. Establish a home office. Whether you work at home full or part-time, you need separation from your work. No matter how often you work at home, it is best to not work in common spaces. By working in a dedicated workspace, you will be able to focus on your work and not be distracted by home tasks such as the cleaning. 
  2. Establish work hours. Again, whether you work in a corporate setting or work at home, you should establish dedicated work hours. Make a schedule and try to keep it. If 6:00 p.m. is your stop time, try to stick to it. Your family will thank you! And remember, if you work at home, try not to work on the sofa or at the kitchen table. You can quickly build some long hours without even realizing it. 
  3. Establish a creative and inviting space at the office. Studies show that if you like what you are doing, you will do a better job. The same goes for if you like where you are working, you will be more productive. Try creating an inviting space at your office. Make it your own, and let it show your personality, and the things you love. If you are comfortable working away from a desk, develop a more non-traditional setting. It’s your space so you can set yourself up for success!  
  4. Establish no phone time. With smart phones and tablets, technology enables us to be connected to our work 24/7. Try to separate yourself from your phone. Give yourself a cut-off time for no longer checking emails. Consider setting your phone to "do not disturb," only allowing family calls through. Also, even if your phone is your alarm clock, try to move it to the other side of your nightstand. Your brain needs rest. 

Work Life Balance Employer Tip

If you have employees who work from home, part-time, or full-time, contact LBMC Employment Partners to help you create an out-of-office working policy. Setting guidelines early on will help you avoid potential issues down the road. Learn more about our Human Resource services.