Today, I’m going to share some ideas about how to stay sane when working from home.
Chuck had this idea that I would be the perfect person to write this post. After all, I have been working from home for nearly 10 years as a freelance writer. But, I think I may have my good friend fooled.
He thinks I am sane…
“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” Mark Twain
I did author the book Insane Sanity and there are many of my friends and family that are not fooled.
Let’s keep my sanity level out of this equation and I will share 15 ways to stay sane when working from home.
15 Ways to Stay Sane When Working from Home
“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at you 3 best friends. If they’re ok then it’s you.” Rita Mae Brown
#1: Take Frequent Breaks
Staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time can cause severe headaches. Not to mention, sitting on a chair can create an oversize booty. I have become adapted to automatically taking short breaks every hour at the maximum. I will do some house chores, walk outside or just stroll around the house.
#2: Have a Set Work Area
It is something I have had to integrate again. After leaving the island of Puerto Rico and getting into a farmhouse in Nebraska, I have had to make a work-only space. Call it my office or what, when I enter this space, I know it is time to work. It helps me define work/play.
#3: Play Hard
As entrepreneurs, we can have an issue with work-a-holism. We put in hours that would leave many in tears. While it is okay to put in long hours, you have to know when it is play time! Play hard! Do it in style!
#4: Set Boundaries
This can be one of the hardest areas to keep control of. As a home-based business owner, you want to stay on top of everything. So you hear your smartphone give you that notification sound meaning someone commented on your business Facebook page. But you have just sit down at dinner with your spouse and in-laws.
What do you do? That questions should be easy to answer if you have developed boundaries… Your smartphone can wait for 1, 2… even 3 hours. Better yet, start finding ways to outsource those types of tasks.
“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.” C.G. Jung
#5: Be Comfortable
One area you should never “scrimp” on is your comfort. You should have a comfortable office chair… That is priority #1! Make sure your surroundings are appealing to your creativity and energy. Maybe you need to paint or hang motivational posters. Just make sure you enjoy entering your work space because of the comfort within it.
#6: Get Dressed
Ahhh… the thought of being able to work all day in your pajamas…
Some MLM’ers push the idea of working in your “jammies.” As a person who has tried it, I have some helpful advice…
A small percentage of work from home enterepreneurs may be able to work in their night-wear, but the majority of us will have a non-energetical attitude when we are trying to get tasks completed.
It is a subconscious thing; when we are in our pajamas, our brains equate it to sleep. We will be fighting sleep when we should be working.
Test it yourself! Wear clothes one day and see how much you complete. Now wear your pajamas, underwear or heck, go naked and do your work. Odds are, you will get more done while wearing clothing.
#7: Call People
While you can stay social by “popping” into Facebook during a break, does it really count? We need to hear a real voice. I suggest picking up your phone and calling someone twice per day. This helps me stay sane and I know it will help you too! I usually call someone mid morning and again, in mid afternoon.
#8: Stay Tidy
Looking around me, I really need to practice what I preach. But it is true, your mindset will be much better if your work area is kept neat and tidy. I guess it’s about time for me to take a break. I believe I will tidy up my work area.
“When you’re the only sane person, you look like the only insane person.” Criss Jami
#9: Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays a major role in sanity. I have discovered that bypassing the temptation to work into the wee hours and by going to sleep at a consistent hour, I actually get more achieved over the long term. Also, make sure you are on a comfortable mattress and sleeping area.
#10: Learn to Say No
One thing I had to learn real quick was, I cannot take on every task people throw at me. It is okay to say no! Do not let yourself get overwhelmed. Keep the main thing the main thing.
#11: Scheduling and Planning
It is highly important that you make a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly plan. You want to schedule out each day. Believe me, just trying to run your home-based business by the seat of your pants does not work. Plan your work and work your plan.
#12: Listen to Positive Music
Personally, I do not listen to music while I am working. But I know some who work at home do. My suggestion… Make a playlist. Do not allow negative or downtrodden music to have an effect on your work-mo-sphere. I love this playlist…
#13: Work Away From Home
I find it refreshing to head out to the local library or internet cafe and work from there at minimum, once per month. Just having that knowledge there is a world outside of home will help you stay sane… I think!!!
#14: Pay Attention To The Numbers
One of the MOST important tips I am going to give you today… Those numbers can make, or break your sanity. Know how much time you are spending on each task and what you are actually making in the form of profits from it. You absolutely have to pay attention to the numbers! Always work smart and don’t confuse being busy with being productive.
#15: Be Grateful For What You Do Have
Did you ever commute through rush hour traffic to get to a job you hated? Was your job boring and predictable? You have a blessing being able to work within your home. It can get lonely and monotonous at times, but I am grateful and…
You should be grateful too!
“One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” Nikola Tesla
You know what… It is okay to be completely crazy; you just have to play it off and let people think you are eccentric. It works for me! And you? Let’s hear about you…
How do you stay sane when working from home? Just leave your comments and questions below. And, share this with someone you think is insane! Have a great day.
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.