While the demands can be strict in the corporate world, work-at-home parents face a temptation that their corporate counterparts seldom experience.
I am talking about the temptation to work 24/7 (especially when a deadline looms). I am talking about the difficulty of separating home from work because work IS at home.
Can’t sleep at night? The office is just a room away. Does that stack of dirty dishes seem daunting? You can always go to the office and work instead of facing it. Want to get away from fighting kids? The office makes a convenient excuse when you don’t even have to get into the car to go there.
That’s not to say that I didn’t ever bring work home when I worked in the corporate environment. I did. It’s just that the boundaries were much clearer between work and home.
When I brought work home back then I knew that I was crossing a boundary and intruding into my homelife. Now, with my “office” housed in the former breakfast nook behind the kitchen, the boundaries between work and home are less clear. It’s all too easy to slip away from what should be family time and closet myself in that home office.
When those temptations occur, I sometimes find it necessary to remind myself why I became a WAHM in the first place: to find greater balance in my life.
What about you? How do you handle the temptation to work 24/7?
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