In today's audio postcard I'm talking about how to not bring work home with you, in the literal sense.
If you missed the first audio postcard about not bringing work home, but in a different way, head over here to listen.
Once you've had a chance to listen, I have a question.
What is one boundary you can set for yourself when you need to do work at home?
Leave a comment and let me know!
I want to talk about not bringing work home, in the literal sense.
Just don’t do it!
The first thing I want to shout from the rooftops is, “No! Don't do it! Don't bring work home!”
But that's not always possible. Sometimes, it can’t be avoided.
So how do you create some structure around bringing work home so it doesn’t completely take over?
First, set some physical boundaries and parameters.
Number 1. Most important. Please, for the love of the Universe!
DO NOT WORK IN YOUR BED
Your bed is a place of rest, relaxation, and comfort. In short, it is a place for sleep and sex. That’s it!
We create associations with physical places. And who wants to associate their bed with work?!
Other places to avoid working -- your couch, the dinner table, the kitchen table or the kitchen counter.
These physical spaces in your home have other activities associated with them - relaxing, eating, conversation, connection with loved ones. So, it's best to avoid polluting them with work.
What to do instead?
Create or find a space in your home that's just for work.
Do you already have a desk? Great, use it!
If not, set up a spot for yourself. A dedicated space where you can do your work.
When you’re in that space, you work. And when you’re not in that space, you don't work. Simple, right?
Next, set boundaries around the amount of time and how you're spending your time working when you're at home.
Set a timer
The simplest thing you can do is to set a timer. Dedicate a certain number of minutes or hours. And stick to it!
When the timer is up, it means work is over. (Or, at the very least, it’s time to take a break.)
Don’t blend work time with home time
When you get home, take some time for yourself - spend time with your family, your partner, your kids and your pets - before diving into work.
Beware the dangers of blending work time and home time!
Do you sit at the dinner table and “take a quick second” to check your work email? Or respond to work emails or text messages while you’re playing with your kids?
First, in the words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”
And second, from a productivity standpoint, you're not going to get much accomplished when you try to do more than one thing at a time. (Psst, multitasking is a myth.)
When when you're at home and you're at dinner or you're playing with your kids...
Be at dinner. Play with your kids.
Then dedicate specific time and focus to getting your work done.