I don't think it makes me any kind of expert to say that working from home creates a set of unique challenges when it comes to separating home and work life.
Making the decision to finally "turn off" your work mind at the end of the night, or even for short breaks during the day goes against the constant-hustle mindset, so it's no surprise to me that I get distracted by a work email during dinner or feel guilty when I take a break to run a personal errand during the day.
But, I can say firsthand that I notice such a tremendous difference in my peace of mind and general productivity when I create an intentional separation between what's a respectable about of work to complete each day and what crosses the border into workaholic mode.
I hate the idea of workaholism. Besides the fact that is sounds super boring as far as "addictions" go, it's also one of those that gets rewarded in our society as a respectable, badass thing to be, which I couldn't disagree with more.
That's why I decided to participate in #The100DayProject on Instagram. After seeing someone mention it in the Being Boss Facebook group, the idea felt particularly intimidating. I think it was this fear that told me I had to do it. I also enjoy the appeal of forcing myself to step away from the computer and endless cycle of work tasks to make something pretty.
It sounds so simple (and perhaps even a little superficial), but it has been so great for my mental health and my business. Both my day job and night job have benefited from the 30 minutes - 1 hour it takes me each day to create, photograph and post my artwork.
There exists no feeling quite like the one that happens when you've created something with your hands. Don't get me wrong, there are already a few of my projects for the challenge that I wish I could delete or throw away, but the really amazing part is that there are so many more that I didn't realize I even had in me.
So, I challenge you to start a habit of creating! Pick an easy theme that will allow you to make something small every day, or even once a week. Either way, it will be good for you, I promise.