Keeping a balanced lifestyle is never easy in this day and age. We are facing an all consuming credit crunch so naturally we are trying to work as hard as possible to overcome this. So, where do we fit in time for ourselves and our families? If you work from home or own your own business, it can be even harder to maintain a balanced lifestyle as it is all too easy to over work yourself.

Let’s look at working from home and keeping a healthy balance between work and play. If you do work at home you may have a family. Working from home gives you a great opportunity to be able to spend more time with your family rather than commuting from one place to another. Working from home is a hard slog, possibly more so than working away in an office. Mainly because it is all too easy to put things off, spend time with your family instead of doing the work that needs to be done.

You need to maintain a schedule to be able to keep your balance right. You do need to be able to work in peace and without distraction, but just as much, you need to be able to set aside some quality time for your family. Try different routines such as working in the morning and not in the afternoon or vice versa. Or, perhaps working in the evening when the kids are in bed would be better for you? You will soon find a balance that works right for you, but it may take some trial and error to find the correct way that works for you.

Another pitfall of working from home is that you may be tempted to work longer hours than that of the normal office hours. It is very tempting to think that if you just did one more piece of work you will have less to do tomorrow. It rarely works out this way, especially if you have a busy and thriving business.

If you do have children, talk to them and explain that even though you are at home you are busy and you are working. Some children are too young to understand that you are not at their beck and call when they need you. Don’t shut your children out of the process of working from home, instead talk to them, show them what you do and explain the situation. This could be a good time, if they are old enough, to explain exactly why you work in the first place. Explain that money provides security, food, warmth and other things that we cannot live without.

Instead of working for a solid 7/8 hours a day, try dividing your time into blocks of work. This way you all benefit from working from home. You should be able to benefit from working from home as well as your family.