Working from home sounds like a dream come true. For anyone who has never experienced it before, they imagine a life of waking up at noon, lying around in pajamas, and typing on a laptop. The reality is drastically different than the dream. It truly can be a challenge, because it has its own set of unique issues that will present themselves in daily life.
10. Create a Designated Home Office Space
A study by the UN International Labor Organization shows that people who work from home experience a huge spike in insomnia. This is because when we work from home, our brains have difficulty distinguishing between “work space” and “relaxation space”. Normally, when you drive to an office, you know that is your work space. And your mind immediately relaxes when you come home, because that is your place of rest. There is a clear dividing line between your physical space, time, and mental state.
But if your home is your work space, it will be nearly impossible for your brain to know when it’s time to work, and when it’s time to relax. For some people, you may become a bit lazy, and your brain will be in non-stop relaxation mode. But if you are a workaholic, it will be hard for you to get a good night’s sleep, or give yourself permission to ever stop working. This is why typing on your laptop in bed or setting up your desk in your bedroom is a bad idea. If you have an extra bedroom, set it up like your home office. Or, at the very least, sit down at your kitchen table with your laptop, and avoid working from bed whenever possible.
Shannon Quinn is the editor-in-chief of InspiringHome.org