This post by Jen Maidenberg does a great job outlining how not to lose your sanity while working as a freelance writer. I’ve never quite been in that position, but I think anyone that regularly works from home can relate to some of these rules.
While I was on paternity leave, I worked a few weeks half-time at home. This was my first experience consistently working from a home office, but I’m glad to have received similar advice before I did. It’s vital to keep a similar work routine going in a home environment. At first I thought it was just to make sure I didn’t take a while to get started in the morning. My initial concern was that I would be sitting in my PJs, groggily sipping coffee and not getting any work done. And while a house with a newborn is a good recipe to staying groggy all the time, having a regular morning routine made sure my work hours stayed productive.
But ultimately these routines are just as important when it comes to stopping work, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Having an office at home can mean that you never leave work and drive you crazy.
Jen Maidenberg comments:
This year working remotely — in the most remote way I ever have as a freelancer — really got me thinking about what it takes to stay sane if you choose a freelance lifestyle.
Read more at: How to Stay Human (While You Freelance)