Avoid Being A Workaholic When Working From Home
It’s typical for a person to work hard especially if the person’s family depends on him or her. However, working way too much doesn’t necessarily mean that you deserve to be given a trophy.
Don’t get us wrong
We’re not saying that you shouldn’t pursue your passion and we absolutely didn’t say that there’s something wrong with working hard. However, you’re still required to take some breaks. This is an advice most especially to people who work from home. As you don’t have someone to talk to during your breaks, or no officemate to share your jokes with, it’s very important for you to just stop working once in a while to relax and refresh your mind.
Working hard is very different from being a workaholic
If you’re just working hard, you still know the boundaries between your work and your personal life; whereas being a workaholic means a person does not have time for his or her personal life and can no longer function very well when outside work.
For workaholics, there are no rest days
There’s always one more task to finish, one more email to make, or one more important phone call to take. There are no weekends, no holidays, and no friends or family days. Workaholics didn’t even thought of taking a vacation or even just a night of fun. In short, they’re not able to balance their lives.
Unfortunately, people who work from home could easily fall to becoming workaholics. Because their office is just around the corner of their homes, they can easily access everything that’s related to work – which shouldn’t always be the case.
Just because you work from home doesn’t give you a reason to be available to work 24/7. Just like in a corporate world, you should still have regular breaks away from your job to help you refresh your mind.
Besides that, you should still not mix your work life with your family or personal life. Have a designated place in your home for your work; and once you’re away from that area, go on and live your life. Talk to your family, connect with friends, or build your network. Don’t forget to regularly get away from your work so you can relax your mind and charge your “batteries” again.
Working from home doesn’t mean that you also have to give up your life. Yes, loving your job, putting in lots of effort to be better, and working hard to achieve your goals are never wrong. But, just as time off is important for those who leave their homes to work, it’s also most important for you, too. Always try to remember why you prefer to do it in the first place: that is to have more time for your family and of course, for yourself.