You’ve been working from home for a few years now. How do you balance work and home responsibilities?
I’m not very good at it. It’s one of my new year resolutions actually!
I try to be strict and not work when the kids are home, but in reality, when a message pops in from a client, my first reaction is I have to reply straight away. I recently installed Whatsapp on my computer and learned how to mark the messages as unread, and that has changed my life! I started treating Whatsapp messages as emails... something to do on the computer during work time.
I’ve actually just joined a club just so I can have an office that is away from home. I find that when you work from home all day on your own, it can be really monotonous and quite boring — your productivity dips. So, by combining some work time outside of my home, I create a routine that helps me be more productive and define the boundaries between work and family life a little bit more.
In honesty, I don’t have the answer, as I am sure most people who work from home will tell you. But at the beginning of the year, I set out a schedule for work, exercise, etc. and I am finding that the schedule is helping me give my weeks more structure, making everything a little easier to manage.