I’ll be the first to admit that working from home is awesome. I wear pants about 37 percent of the time, the commute couldn’t be easier, and my officemate — aka my son — is the cutest person ever, if I do say so myself. Plus, childcare in America can be wildly expensive, so not having to factor that item into my budget is a relief.
On paper, I'm getting the best of both worlds as I spend my days raising my son while furthering my career at the same time. And yes, there are perks to being a work-at-home mom, but one major negative is figuring out how to find time for yourself when your home is your office. Since parenting is a 24/7 job, and I'm naturally going to want to put the same amount of attention into any other job I take on, I've had to learn by experience that firing on all cylinders isn't the most sustainable approach. Worst case scenario, I'm left feeling exhausted, and by day's end I don't have the energy to enjoy much quality time with my adorable officemate. Talk about a bummer.
In order to prevent myself from totally burning out as a work-from-home mom, I've had to teach myself when to turn off work mode and when to tap into life mode, but cultivating those skills is easier said than done. Here are a few techniques that have personally helped me begin to separate my home and work lives, even though they're, you know, happening in the same space: