Working from home as a creative can be challenging, you may find yourself unable to distinguish between your personal and work life. Too often the lines can get blurred, which could lead to burnout that greatly affects your productivity and quality of life. Striking a good work-life balance offers many benefits to creatives, this includes:
Increased productivity and creativity
More time for your rest and your personal life
Below are some tips on how you can accomplish this.
Designate a Creative Space
Since your home acts as your “office”, it’s hard not to associate your home with work. This could make it difficult for you to enjoy your time off. To create some separation, you can create a space in your home that you use solely for work purposes.
Establish a Daily Routine
Most people in the creative industry often work gig-to-gig, making it hard to plan ahead and keep it organized. Even so, establishing your working hours and daily schedule will help you manage your workload when it begins to increase.
Allow for Breaks
It’s important to remember that breaks are not a luxury, but they are a vital part of the creative process. Rest your mind and body by stepping away from your work when it gets too much for you, doing so will allow your mind to reboot.
Engage With Other Creatives
Working from home could leave you with feelings of isolation. This may affect the quality and frequency of your. A great way to clear your headspace is by interacting with creatives who are in the same position will help you feel like you’re not alone.
It’s easy for people in the creative industry to fall into the “all work, no play” trap. However, this will be damaging to your creativity and productivity. Allowing yourself to create a good balance between rest and relaxation will do wonders for your art and mental health. We spoke to business woman, DJ and animator, Debbie Dakota Potgieter about the steps she takes to maintain a healthy and balanced life. Find out what she has to say in the below episode of The Creators Guide.