Maintain Sanity When Work and Home Share the Same Space

Maintain Your Sanity When Work and Home Share the Same Space

Maintain Sanity When Work and Home Share the Same Space

There’s a dilemma amongst many work from home moms and that dilemma regards boundaries. How do you maintain your sanity when your work and home share the same space? We’re not just talking about the physical aspect of sharing space, like trying to work while your two year old creates havoc on your desktop, or having your husband throw his dinner plate on your self-proclaimed counter of success… No, we are also talking about the lack of mental separation as well. Most work at home moms do not know how to simply turn it off.

Does that sound like you? Do you jump to your computer or smartphone for every notification you get? Do you not only feel like you’re spinning your wheels for hours but being totally unproductive as well? Does your family frequently ask, “What have you been doing all of this time?”

Well my friend, if you said yes to any of that, then this post is for you. I will discuss 8 tips for maintaining your sanity when your work and home share the same space.

Do you find it hard to turn off your computer? Do your work and home share the same space? I've got several easy productivity tips on how to find balance and boundaries. Get more done and find happiness from working from home. Everyday tips for work space motivation and setup.
Do you find it hard to turn off your computer? Do your work and home share the same space? I’ve got several easy productivity tips on how to find balance and boundaries. Get more done and find happiness from working from home. Everyday tips for work space motivation and setup.

I didn’t always have boundaries

When I wrote my first post for this blog, I was bright-eyed and optimistic. I had no clue all of the work involved in creating a blog that attracted paid sponsorships and clients. As a mother of three, I wanted to help other mothers, and eventually build my blog up to do it full time. I didn’t have any boundaries. There, in the middle of making dinner, right on our kitchen island that we use for a table, sat my computer. Amongst the chicken and yellow rice, was me, typing frantically during dinner. I had major problems with my work and home balance.

My rock bottom

I hit rock bottom when I started getting health issues (early 2016). My days consisted of constantly chugging coffee, never taking a break, and pushing my mental concentration to the max. I had a, excuse the language, crap schedule and was totally ALL OVER THE PLACE. Hour after hour, I was only focused on email responses, social media engagement, and creating new content, all while scatterly trying to entertain the kids. My body literally shut down and I had major migraines, nausea, and dizziness.

Obviously, this was not solely because of blogging. I’m not saying that if you start working from home as a blogger you will develop health issues. What I am saying is this happened because I had no work/life balance. I did not manage nor pay attention to my health because I was entirely consumed otherwise. After I hit rock bottom, I declared that I was going to set some boundaries. Major things were going to change because, in reality, none of it was paying off.

So, now that you know the story, here are the tips.

Here’s everything you need to know to maintain your sanity when your work and home share the same space. Some may seem obvious, but maybe you just needed to hear it. For most work at home moms, it always feels as if there’s an undisclosed competition. Like we have to prove that blogging or working from home is purposeful. As you read these tips, keep in mind that your desire to work from home is there for a reason. This may be your unique path in life. The main takeaway from this article is showcase ideas that will improve your work and home balance, as well as your sanity.

Sanity tip #1: Draw a clear line in the sand.

Start by creating an actual plan of action for your entire week. Realistically map out a tentative schedule of what you should be doing every single hour. For instance, with me, I know that between 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM, Monday through Friday, I am commuting around town. Then, ideally, I need to give myself and my tag along two year old, a little refreshment time as soon as we return home. So, on my schedule from 8:00 AM to 8:30, it’s snack and potty time. 9:00 AM  to 9:30 it’s play together time, and so on.

After realizing the realities of the day, you can then set boundaries in regards to work. Draw a clear line in the sand and do not over schedule. Lastly, although all routines are not set in stone, by clearly mapping out your day, you at least you know what times are uncompromisable.

Sanity tip #2: Batch work.

With that being said, I get roughly 2 hours every weekday (naptime ya’ll) to run my freelance and blogging projects. There is no way on earth, I could get all of my tasks done without scheduling or batching up my work. For example, instead of posting to social media here and there throughout the day, you will be much more efficient if you take 30 minutes and schedule your entire week. Your feed will also become much more cohesive and you’ll be less likely to make mistakes like you would if you were doing it on the fly.

The batch work method also applies to your personal life as much as it does to your work. Food prep, house chores, folding laundry… do it all in bulk.

Read next: Understand Why Your Kids Interrupt Before Your Head Explodes

Sanity tip #3: Be honest about your priorities.

For me, family comes first. So does my health. When I create my weekly schedule, those things get penciled in first. I have to be honest about my priorities. If you find that these tips for maintaining your sanity when your work and home share the same space aren’t helping, you may need another adjustment. If the work you do from home cannot take a back burner to anything on your personal agenda, then it’s time to utilize tip number four.

Find balance when work and home share the same space and start being happy with your #WAHM life
Find balance when work and home share the same space and start being happy with your #WAHM life

Sanity tip #4: Recruit some help.

Babysitter? Virtual assistant? Photographer? You name it, you can hire someone to do it. Additionally, help does not have to be in the form of a human. There are plenty of apps that are useful to freelancers and bloggers. If you need a list, use my contact form and I’ll send you specific suggestions for what you may need. It is clearly possible to maintain sanity, even if your work and home share the same space.

Sanity tip #5: Beat the block.

If you find yourself constantly going back to your work, you might be screwing up your own productivity. Try reading this article I wrote about improving your mental state and adding creativity here. Furthermore, check out my subset about writing effectively.

Sanity tip #6: Get Feng Shui involved.

Nothing creates more harmony in the work and home balance than good ole feng shui. Although you do not need to take this literally, you do need a dedicated spot for your work. This means an area that is not in the middle of things, tucked away, and used specifically only for work. When your scheduled period of time runs out, you step away from the area and go about living the rest of your life.

When work and home share the same space, it's important to set boundaries. Have a dedicated work space so you don't end up working the entire night.
When work and home share the same space, it’s important to set boundaries. Have a dedicated work space so you don’t end up working the entire night.

Sanity tip #7: Turn off those blasted notifications.

Remember the tip regarding setting boundaries? That includes turning off those constant notifications coming from your phone or computer. Face it, they are totally distracting, interrupt your sleep, and cause nothing but worry. Should you really reply to email at 4:30 in the morning? Or while you are driving your older kids to school? Turn off your notifications and use your batch work scheduling to address them in an orderly fashion.

Furthermore, do not be scared to allow time for processing. Do you think Oprah or Joanna Gaines answer Instagram DMs in the middle of the night? Let alone instantly. No, they don’t and nor should you.

Sanity tip #8: Remember to eat, sleep, and rest.

It sounds simple, but when work and home share the same space, it’s often easy to forget. Make sure set incremental times to recharge and refuel.This can be as simple as making a smoothie, stepping outside for a few minutes, or even drinking a few sips of coffee on the couch. You want to step away from your computer and really enjoy your break.

Maintaining your sanity when work and home share the same space could take some practice. Just keep in mind the WAHM lifestyle is all about balance. By using the tips mentioned above, you’re sure to find that sweet spot between family life and client growth. If you have any other tips to add, I’d love to hear there below. Shoot me a comment and let me know how you’re doing.

Until next time, take care.

Sincerely,

Fullest Mom

Comments

  1. Jenn says:

    I’m extremely close to my rock bottom. I haven’t even gotten a work space really set up. Unless you count my coffee table.

    1. FullestMom says:

      As long as you can separate yourself when necessary, any location can be your workspace. A lot find it easier if it is a dedicated, to itself place. I hope this post has encouraged and motivated you. All the best, take care.

  2. Melody says:

    I also struggled with separating home life from blog life, but I’ve found these tips to be super helpful. I still need to really organize my work space and prioritize my schedule, but those are all part of my new year’s resolution!

    1. FullestMom says:

      That is a great resolution. Hope you find the right balance.

  3. My Blog Inspires says:

    Great tips ! I love and appreciate this post .. Thank you for share !

    1. FullestMom says:

      You are very welcome.

  4. Michelle says:

    This post was incredibly helpful! I work from home also and found this so helpful! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. FullestMom says:

      I’m glad it helps. I find talking about everyday situations makes for a good post. Happy that it motivated you.

  5. Yvette says:

    Oh man you get me! I just started blogging last year, while also trying to do some freelance journalism and being a full time mom. It has been incredibly challenging, especially since I don’t have funds for outsourcing. I appreciate this article and tips.

    1. FullestMom says:

      I understand completely. You would benefit best by automative schedulers. I wish you a lot of luck on your journey. It’s exciting to be a freelancer.

  6. gemma says:

    I Love the be honest about your priorities, its something we all forget or slack on but its one of the most important!

    1. FullestMom says:

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Glad the post spoke to you.

  7. ohmummymia says:

    ‘Remember to eat, sleep and rest’ I think it’s the most difficult:P Thanks for sharing those lovely tips

    1. FullestMom says:

      Yes, it literally is. I love the quiet of night time, but that means it cuts into sleeping. I have to set a timer and intentionally go to bed. All the best to you mama. Thank you for your comment.

  8. Angie says:

    These are really awesome tips! Blogging and balancing life can be very hard work. I am working on becoming more organized with my blog and time.

    1. FullestMom says:

      That is great. I wish you tremendous success.

  9. Sara says:

    Hi there! This blog post could not be written any better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. I appreciate you for sharing!|

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