Since you started working from home, you’ve probably learned a lot about yourself and the activities you do on a daily basis . You have surely noticed that since you no longer have to leave the house, you can sleep more and take your time to prepare breakfast.

Also, you sure felt that life would become much easier because you could program things the way you wanted.

After a few weeks of repeatedly following your schedule, you may have noticed how difficult it is to separate your work life from your personal life , as they will have been mixed into one. It can be difficult to focus on work when there are other things you could be doing, and it can be difficult to stop working as work will always be in sight.

Separate your family and work life with these tips

If you are working from home and have found that it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between work and home life, here are four tips to help you separate your work and your family life.

1. Prioritize your calendar

It is imperative that the first step in drawing the line between work and home life is to prioritize your calendar. For this you can make a schedule with a pen or pencil or with the device with which you are reading this. Just make a list of all the activities you do during the day, including work and personal activities around the house.

Are you a morning or night person?

If you wake up early in the morning and prefer to start your day earlier than later, it is important that you schedule your day based on this . Get up between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and start your day, which will allow you to finish your workday around two or three in the afternoon with which you will have the rest of the day to be with your family.

Either way, set aside a section of the day for work and a section for home life . If you are working continuously throughout the day without sticking to a set plan, you will blend these two aspects of your life into one.

2. Set reminders to stop working at specific times

This is one of the most important parts of creating a perfect, healthy work-from-home plan. Take a moment to set a reminder every day that tells you when to stop working . Setting a specific time when you need to get away from work will force you to begin to define the line between your two lives.

Use the extra space in your home

If you have the luxury of having space for an office in your home, make sure that space is exclusively for work and not for personal life as well. If that room begins to mix the two lives together, you will begin to notice that you are falling into an unhealthy routine.

Finding the right time to leave work and enter your home life will have a beneficial impact on your work-from-home routine.

3. Leave your work computer / laptop or phone in your workspace

If you have a dedicated phone or laptop for work, you should leave it in your office space at all times . If you are sitting on the couch spending time with your family and you are constantly concentrating on your laptop or work cell phone, you will be involved in an unhealthy situation.

There should always be a time for you personally and a time to work, leaving your work electronics in your office space will allow you to create time for both.

Do you have a designated space to work?

It is totally normal and understandable not to have the perfect space in your home to work from home, but if that is the case it is time for you to start being creative. It is entirely possible to create a space in your home in which you know that, if you are there, it means that you are working.

If your work area is close to the living room, that’s okay, just make sure it doesn’t mix with other personal areas.

4. Consider removing access to work from your personal phone

This can be difficult to do, as you need a lot of will to be able to do it. Stopping access to work from your personal phone is very beneficial because it allows you to live in the present in the moments that you are supposed to.

If your work time is over and you decided that it’s time to hang out with your family, the worst thing that can happen at that point is that you get a bunch of notifications from your boss. Try to focus on your family and finish your work for the rest of the day.


Working from home can take a lot of self-discipline , but it can be extremely helpful in your life. It can make you have more time for other things since you don’t have to leave the house, or it can also give you more time to rest. Consider implementing these four tips in your daily life and you will see big changes.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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