Ep188: When The Home Office Isn't Working

29 minutes

How do you delineate when work ends and home life begins when both happen in the same space?

Why is that important for business? 

There is something important to many people about the distinctions between work and home life, whether it be the commute (as we talked about in this previous episode) or having an office outside of the home. Having a physical or at least psychological separation between the two can be important. You need a work place, not just a place of work. 

Having a distinct space can also influence the quality of our efforts, both at work and at home. The benefits of working out of the home, when possible, means there is no porous boundary and you can focus on the task at hand, instead of laundry and emptying the dishwasher, and any other thing that happens to catch your eye. Having everything you need to do in front of you at all times makes deciding what is most important a little more challenging. 

It is important to at least think about ways to create a ritual or practice that acts to separate the beginning and end of the workday or work week. The absence of things to demarcate time causes everything to blur. 

Other resources mentioned

The Power of Moments, by Chip and Dan Heath: https://heathbrothers.com/the-power-of-moments/

The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68985.The_Power_of_Full_Engagement

Life is not a Marathon http://psychologyofwellbeing.com/201410/life-is-not-a-marathon.html?fbclid=IwAR0kZ4hif-iXu2ksQIy6QPabdrQhwZIrrd8HD6gaWOxdY0LjxLkBajA58fw

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