How to avoid workaholism if you work from home

If you work from home, it’s all too easy to get caught up in work and spend the whole day working. To avoid this pitfall, it’s important to take a break from your regular routine at least once per day.

What causes someone to be a workaholic?
How to avoid workaholism if you work from home

As your business grows, so will your workload and the amount of time you spend doing things that aren’t actually helping you earn money.

Don’t focus on how much time you spend working but rather on the quality of your work

Stop obsessing over how many hours you spend working. It’s time-tracking that matters, not tracking your time. Instead of focusing on what you do (how much time spent in a meeting or answering email), make sure that what you’re doing is useful for your business (focused work vs checking email every 5 minutes). Do a self-audit: Be honest with yourself about whether your job is becoming workaholic or productive. Make it clear to everyone else: Let everyone know how often and when they can expect a response from you. This will help keep others accountable too and prevent them from flooding your inbox during hours when you aren’t working.

Manage tasks as they arise, instead of waiting for free time

This can be easier said than done for entrepreneurs who thrive on an atmosphere of urgency.
When working from home, it’s easy to fall into a cycle of plowing through your tasks with such intensity that there’s never time left over for anything else.

In reality, though, task management is a lot like dieting: it involves limiting what you do while making up for those calories in other ways (i.e., being strategic about how and when you start new projects). For example, make yourself a rule that restricts how many hours each day or week you’ll commit to side projects and channel that creative energy elsewhere.

If all else fails, try meditation and mindfulness exercises.

  1. It might seem counterintuitive, but trying these out at least once can help you separate yourself from your work, which is what allows for a healthy balance.
  2. It’s also good for your overall health; many studies have shown that meditation can increase focus and brain activity.
  3. Start with just five minutes of meditating each day and increase time as it becomes more comfortable.
  4. The important thing is being intentional about how much time you spend working throughout your day.

Get an accountability partner

There are few things more tempting than staying at your desk all day. After all, it’s so easy and comfortable! But there’s also a clear downside:

The longer you spend in front of your computer, the less time you have for yourself. If that sounds like a scary idea, find someone else who works remotely—someone who will hold you accountable for taking real breaks. It doesn’t have to be a deep conversation every time—sometimes just a quick I miss seeing your face is enough motivation to get up and go make some tea. Do it together, too! Meet up at least once during your day—you could even exchange hourly pings (to keep each other honest).

Limit your working hours

How do workaholics relax?
How do workaholics relax?

  • Just because you don’t have a manager watching over your shoulder doesn’t mean that long hours at work are OK.
  • When an entire day can pass and no one sees it but you, there is less motivation to finish early and get started on other things, like family time or exercise.
  • Resist burnout by setting reasonable working hours and sticking to them. 
  • Consider turning off email and all other distractions during non-work hours. Set up specific times of day for checking email, Facebook, and similar sites so that such activity doesn’t bleed into family time (i.e., plan fun activities around those times).
  • Also consider blocking out all potential distractions so that when it’s family time nothing interferes with bonding with your family members.

Take care of yourself

Many people have long commutes and have to commute daily. You may live in a very rural area and have little or no public transportation options. Many people who need full-time jobs must sometimes work evenings, weekends, nights and holidays just so they can pay their bills each month.

It is easy for any of us to get caught up in our work. However, working too much can be bad for your physical health. If you spend all of your time at your job then when will you find time for yourself? Make sure that every day is filled with some self-care! Remember: it’s impossible to take care of others without first taking care of yourself. Your health should always come first – it doesn’t matter how important your job is!

Schedule breaks

The temptation to jump on a call or check email can be overwhelming when you’re working from home. Figure out when you need time for yourself, and plan accordingly. Even scheduling something as simple as your lunch break can be an important step in building healthy boundaries between your personal and professional lives.

SOURCE : Yasoquiz

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