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As a freelancer, I know how difficult it is to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Unlike traditional jobs, we can’t “clock in” and “clock out” of our work, because we create our own unique schedules.
What has benefitted me is creating different spaces for work and play. Although sometimes I’m guilty of this unhealthy habit, I — for the part — refrain from working in bed. Conversely, I don’t write poetry or read for leisure at my work desk.
If you work from home, it’s important to have a separate space from where you sleep, eat, and rest. A home office doesn’t necessarily have to be a separate room, either; it can be the corner of your bedroom.
Even then, if I’m working from home, I still fight against the temptation of a midday nap when I’m on deadline. A solution to the working-from-home conundrum, that has worked for me, is simply not working from home. Coffeeshops can help you mix it up, and admittedly I can sometimes be extremely productive in my favorite cafes, but there’s nothing quite like going into an office space.
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