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New Year’s Resolutions With Staying Power: Improving Your Work-Life Balance

New Year’s Resolutions With Staying Power: Improving Your Work-Life Balance

New Year’s Resolutions With Staying Power: Improving Your Work-Life Balance

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So, we’re over half way through January 2016 – how are your New Year’s resolutions holding up? If you are yet to start or have packed them in already, you are not alone. On average, a quarter of resolution-makers give up within the very first week of the New Year and, by the end of the year, only around 8% of us will be able to brag about keeping to our word. Wouldn’t it be great to be a member of the exclusive 8% club?

Over the last couple of blog posts, we’ve been discussing how Plain Huts can help you to guarantee resolution success and ensure that 2016 is one of your best years yet…

It seems that few of us can help but use the word “busy” to describe our lives. We spend so much time rushing from place to place and from task to task. Too many of us are guilty of living to work rather than working to live, dedicating too little time to ourselves and our families. Perhaps, if this sounds familiar, you should add “improving your work-life balance” to your list of New Year’s resolutions. The good news is there is a simple change you can make that will ensure the success of this goal without sacrificing your productivity or career progression. Rid yourself of tiresome commutes and stressful work environments by working from home and, better yet, invest in your very own office in your own back garden.

The many benefits of escaping the workplace

There are countless advantages to migrating your day job from the workplace to the home office, which is why an increasing number of companies and professions now offer it as an option. Working from home means less stress, more flexibility and freedom, and extra time for yourself and your family. It’s a well-established fact that a happier home life leads to a happier and more productive work life. Win win – and an extra win for your boss and/or clients, who would most likely see an increased output and higher quality work as a result!

What’s more, you can rest assured that your hard earned cash isn’t going to be wasted on travel or pricey lunches. Your commute would simply be from room to room rather than town to town and you could spend your lunch breaks making tasty meals straight from your own fridge.

Tackling new challenges

Bringing your home life and your work life closer together can, however, introduce new challenges. Transitioning from one to the other can often be tricky; it can be difficult to leave work behind and, on the other hand, it can be hard to avoid distraction and knuckle down for a full day’s work. These issues can all be avoided simply by designating an area specifically for work, preferably one outside the main walls of your home.

A modern shepherd’s hut – built for you as an office space – in your garden will provide you with enough of a boundary between your work and home life, whilst still allowing you to reap the full benefits of working from home. Your productivity will be maximised, but you can also shut the door on all the paperwork and create some distance when the work day is done so you won’t be tempted to check your email or cross a couple of tasks off of your to-do list in your downtime. What’s more, you’ll have a professional space for meetings if the need arises.

An option for every profession

Let’s not forget professions that don’t involve a computer screen or pushing paper around a desk. If you, for example, happen to be a beauty therapist, a masseuse or a hair stylist, you could quite easily set up shop in your back garden with a purpose built hut which would provide your clients every comfort and convenience – and just a stone throws away from your own home! This would also provide you and your clients more flexibility when offering appointments, and you can easily pop home if there happens to be an extended period of time between customers.

Would working from home be something you’d like to consider in order to improve your work-life balance, or perhaps a home office would banish any struggles you currently face whilst working from home? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions!