It’s hard for a lot of us to separate our work and home lives under the best of circumstances. When you work from home it’s even more difficult, but blogger Pat Flynn found a method that works for him.
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When Flynn realised the line between his work and home life was becoming increasingly blurred, he took several steps toward separating them. The most drastic was buying a second computer and dedicating it solely to his personal email, instant messaging and non-work related surfing.
The computer in my office (an iMac) is where I did everything, including all of those personal things. It was hard for me personally to keep those things totally separate. By buying a laptop that is specifically just for personal, non-work related items, I can more easily focus on work when I’m supposed to work, and not be tempted to work when I’m doing personal stuff. Furthermore, because the laptop is portable, I can literally separate work from non-work stuff by keeping the office and the computer in it off limits during non-work hours.
While most of us won’t want to take such an expensive step to keep our work and personal lives compartmentalised, there are a few less drastic measures you can take. For instance, you can make different user identities for your computer, or use a set up work-only and play-only Firefox profiles to get the job done.
Have your own ideas for keeping your work and home life from colliding? Share them in the comments.
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