When you work outside a nine-to-five office, it's harder convince your mind that you are, in fact, done with work. One home-based web worker offers tips time-dividing tips both subtle and serious. Simon Mackie, writing over at the productivity blog Web Worker Daily, laments his struggles ending his work day and getting back to the business of living. He offers several strategies including having a clearly defined ending time:
This is an important one for me because if I don't, I'll tend to find myself working later and later. Having a goal end time also means that I try to get all my tasks done for the day by that time which makes my afternoon more productive. Of course, sometimes an emergency will pop up that needs dealing with there and then, but I try to make sure that I only extend my working time for emergencies.
Mackie also suggests preventing yourself from opening work email when you're night-time web browsing, and more serious strategies like working from a fold-up table you put away at the end of the work day. What strategies do you use to define your work and play space? Photo by zoutedrop.