3 Tips to Maintain a Work-Life Balance Working From Home

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A work-from-home woman finding a work-life balance

I’m so honored Harleena has asked me to share my thoughts on how to balance a family and work-from-home career.

Even during our email exchange about the topic, I already knew what I was going to say because I strive to achieve a work-life balance on a daily basis.

So before I get into today’s post, I’d take this moment to thank Harleena for letting me share these suggestions with you, her audience.

Whenever anyone asks me what is the most challenging part of having a work from home life, without a doubt my first response will be – maintaining a balance between my family life and work-from-home business.

Why Do People Lose Their Work-Life Balance

Well, just like an office job, work from home too has a sense of determination to be a success. There are still dreams of being promoted and then there are times one will put in some overtime for extra money.

And those are just a couple of reasons why one may lose their balance when a work-from-home career or home-based business gets in the way of family time.

Yes, even a work-from-home career can affect family life. I wouldn’t say that I’m the guru of balancing the family and my work-from-home business because I’ve worked plenty of late nights to prove otherwise. I’d like to consider myself a work in progress.

Why Is It Important To Have Work-Life Balance

Dictionary.com describes work-life balance as the achievement of equality between the time spent working and one’s personal life. Meaning, you can’t spend your life working all the time. You have to make time for other areas of your life like family, volunteering or anything else that brings you happiness.

Making time for things outside of your career or business will give you a sense of fulfillment. When you have a work-life balance, you have less stress and less stress means you can work more efficiently for your customers or clients.

The time off away from work also gives you the opportunity to refresh the mind and perhaps result in being more creative at work or for your business.

How To Tell You’re Losing Your Balance

Here’s a list of questions for you. If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, you might be focusing too much on your work-from-home career or home-based business.

1. Do you sit in the bedroom with your laptop while your partner is next to you watching TV? You can hear him or her talking but can’t make out what they’re saying because you’re typing awayNot that it’s happening to me right now, lol.

2. If you get up in the middle of the night, do you check your email before going back to bed?

3. Are you skipping dinner and ordering take-out just to work longer hours?

4. Are you working on the weekend when you said you wouldn’t?

5. When spending time with the family, do you find yourself drifting away and thinking about work?

How did you do? Not to worry, I do these myself and it wasn’t difficult to come up with these questions either. We’ve probably done this at some point or another but there is a way we can change to get our balance back.

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Three Key Things To Keep In Mind For A Work-Life Balance

I’ve had plenty of practice to try and get this down. Even through the craziness of my work and home schedules, I still manage to make time for the family and other things that are important to me like volunteering at my church.

There are three key things you have to do in order to make this happen. Yes, you have to work at it because it won’t happen by itself but no worries there are three very simple things you have to be.

You have to be flexible. This is the most important thing. There are going to be distractions throughout the day and then there are things like doctor’s appointments that can keep you away from the office. Thanks to technology we can take our work with us.

Smartphones and iPads make it possible to keep in touch with clients or a supervisor. With email and social media at your fingertips you’ll be accessible and there are apps that make it possible for you to work away from your desk. Even bloggers can create a post while sitting in a waiting room somewhere.

You have to create a schedule and stick to it. When you have a work-from-home career you can select the schedule that best fit your needs but when you have a home-based or online business you can easily find yourself working in the wee hours and skipping dinner all for the sake of your business and its success.

You have to make time for family so make a rule. In my house we are a family of 5 and there are four different schedules going on. And even though my kids are becoming young adults the one rule we won’t break unless there’s a scheduling conflict, is to have dinner as a family.

If that’s the only time we have to be together then that’s what we do. No cell phones, no TV, it’s just the family talking about what went on during the day and enjoying a home-cooked or fast-food meal.

Some Things You Can Do To Find A Work-Life Balance

• Take advantage of car rides to school to talk to the kids about what’s going on in their lives. You can have a great conversation in 10 minutes.

• Take out the laptop and join the kids at the dinner table as they’re doing homework.

• See if you can delegate some of your work. Sites like Fiverr and Odesk have freelancers willing to help you out and on the cheap. If you can afford it, it would be worth the investment.

And Finally

Time management will play a key role in maintaining a balance between your family and work-from-home career. A balance between family and a work-from-home career or work-from-home business will remind you why you’re working in the first place.

Over To You –

What do you do to balance family and work? Fill out the comments section below and let us know how you keep your work-life balance. What’s the secret to your success?


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  1. Reginald

    2013-09-29 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Corina and Harleena,

    Well written! For me, I have a day job plus a part time blogging job and that’s crazy. At times, I really feel that there isn’t anyway to make it work unless you have absolutely great time management skills.

    With such limited time, make sure you have a GREAT plan if not, you will be very ‘off’ from the main goal. Ouch!

    • Corina Ramos

      2013-10-03 at 9:04 am

      Hi my friend!

      You can tell by how late I am replying to you that I was loosing the battle of the balancing act :).

      You’re absolutely right Reg, we need a time management plan. I’ve tried winging it and doing without one but I was all over the place and not productive at all.

      I think everyone can agree there isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done, right?

      I’m so glad you liked the post and you telling me that it’s well written, that’s a major compliment for me!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Reginald! Hope you’re having a great week.

  2. Olili Bob

    2013-09-28 at 1:40 am

    I must say this is a post that explains alot that has been happening to me lately, sometimes i forget to eat just because am on pc. Tnx alot for this post i must say this post is life transforming.

    • Corina Ramos

      2013-10-03 at 8:51 am

      Olili, that is one thing I don’t forget to do…eat :), LOL! I wish I could though but that’s a whole other post :).

      I do have some snacks at my desk and I do admit sometimes they aren’t that healthy. But I have made a commitment to get on the treadmill at the end of my day to relieve stress and burn off the calories I too in with my daily soda :).

      I’m glad this was a great reminder for you my friend. Remember, your health should always be a priority and a healthy diet can make us more productive too :).

      Have a great week!

  3. Lalitha

    2013-09-26 at 11:30 pm

    Nice article it is something very helpful to all the working class. We all face all the above explained difficulties in maintaining a work/life balance. But we never think on how to achieve it and by the time we learn them, half of our life will be spent by being busy in our work life. So it is better to have a clear idea of how we are going to maintain both our family and work life in balance, at the start of our career itself.

    • Corina Ramos

      2013-10-03 at 8:46 am

      Hi Lalitha,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and yes, everyone who is working can relate to this, right?

      I love how you said “by the time we learn, half our life will be spent being busy” you are so right about that! For me, my two oldest didn’t take interest in school or extracurricular activities.

      I can immediately tel the difference the positive impact my decision to work from home had on the younger kids. They are doing great in school and pursuing colleges.

      We have to pay attention to our families, they are the ones that give us a hint that we need to balance our life more with work.

      Oh yes, planning ahead is always good but I’ve also learned life doesn’t always go as planned, right :).

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I apologize for having responded so late. Wasn’t doing too good on my balancing :).

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