How to stay sane when you work from home

Written by Jess Shanahan

Future of Mobility expert writing on electric cars, entrepreneurship, and freelance life.

August 12, 2016

I got to my desk at 6am this morning. I was still in my pyjamas but I was working. When your office is mere steps from you bedroom it’s easy to work too much and to spend hours cycling between typing away, napping and playing with the cat. I can go days without seeing anyone other than my boyfriend. There needs to be balance so here are some tips for fellow freelancers on how to stay sane when you work from home.

Take breaks

We all know we need to do this but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Be strict with yourself and even if it’s just to make a cup of tea, step away from your desk for a little while.

Have some fun

I’ve been really enjoying playing two games during my work day. The first is a really simple puzzle game called Bubble Blast and the second is the amazing Micromachines. Even if you’re not into mobile or computer games, you can still find something you enjoy to break up your day. It might be knitting or reading, anything that’ll take your mind away from work for a few minutes each hour. Some of you might even be into netbet casino games.

Get outside

Go for a walk, get out for a job, or simply pop out for a coffee. Some fresh air and sunlight will do you the world of good. I’ve found Pokemon GO is a really great game for getting me out of the house. There’s nothing like a lunchtime Pokemon hunt to get your blood pumping! Find something that works for you and turn it into habit.

Hot desk

If you really are going crazy working from home, look for an office that allows freelancers to come in on a flexible basis. This change of scenery can often do wonders for your creativity. Alternatively, consider a local coffee shop or pub that has Wi-Fi. One of the joys of being a freelancer is that you do have the flexibility to work from anywhere. South of France, anyone?

Talk to someone

I’m part of a number of groups on Facebook that allow me to communicate with others in my position. This allows me to take a moment out of my day to rant, share my successes and more. It’s like having an office full of colleagues to chat to but I don’t have to get dressed or leave the house. You don’t have to take to Facebook to talk to someone, invite a friend out for coffee or get on the phone to your mum.

Make sure you actually leave work

As freelancers we have quite fluid working hours but make sure when you’ve decided to stop working for the day, actually stop. Put your phone/laptop away and spend time with your family and friends.

The key to working from home is to take adequate breaks. I know that can sometimes be hard when your work is flowing well but it’s really important especially when you feel your productivity start to slide.

How do you survive the day?

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