How to Combat Workaholism

  •    Danielle is a freelance writer with bylines in Teen Vogue, Esquire, Vice, and more and runs a blog, The Millennial Freelancer.

When you're a solopreneur, it's easy to overwork yourself. The nature of the job — being one's own boss and manager — can sometimes even lead to burn out if you're not careful.

But it doesn't have to be this way. You can combat workaholism by switching up your environment, being smart with your schedules, and more. The key is to separate work life from home life. Here are three clever tips to help you do so and dodge those icky workaholic tendencies.

1. Find a coworking space

Sometimes, creating separate physical space helps your brain distinguish work from home. Working from home, despite how convenient it can be, may end up hurting you in the long run if you're working from your bedroom — especially your bed.

A coworking space, for instance, can help separate your work from home life; you'll always have a place to keep work at work and not bring it home with you. Plus, those surrounding you in the space can become similar to having colleagues, like a more traditional office. You might even have a chance to have watercooler conversations during breaks. To find a coworking space in your area, visit coworker.com.

2. Schedule “on" and “off" hours

It's important to be able to “turn off" at the end of the working day. Otherwise, you could end up in the constant cycle of working without a break, which impacts your ability to work consistently and productively. During the working day, for example, the Atlantic suggests working for 52 minutes straight, followed by a 17 minute break.

While you don't have to necessarily conform to the 9-to-5 schedule, it's crucial to know when to stop working. To keep yourself accountable, schedule in self-care and social activities and breaks into your calendar for after work hours. This can be in the form fitness or other community classes, hang-outs with friends, massage appointments, etc. It can even be cuddling with your pet on the sofa and binging your favorite television show. Whatever it is, stay committed and remember: you need to take it easy sometimes.

3. Schedule time off far in advance

Rest is important and helps us sustain ourselves. Schedule time off, whether it's one-off days off, weekends, or vacations, months in advance and stick to that schedule. Have fun with it and plan an excursion and be sure to tell clients about your time off. And no, workcations don't count — that's cheating.

Scheduling time off forces you to disconnect from work. If you work days or even weeks in a row without time off, you are vulnerable to exhaustion and getting sick, which could cause you to take unplanned days off. And unplanned days off can interrupt workflow so much that you fall behind.

Workaholism is an easy, but toxic habit for those who are self-employed. Fortunately, you can form healthy habits to make our work sustainable. While these are only three effective ways to separate work from home life, one thing is certain: it's important to disconnect from work to keep the business moving.