How to Avoid Being Up All Night While Working From Home

The NBC show Up All Night  features the experiences Chris and Reagan have as parents to baby Amy. In their second season, the parents have changed roles with Chris, the former stay-at-home dad, starting a contracting business from his garage, while Reagan leaves the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom.

Throughout the episode, Chris struggles with focusing on his business but can’t help checking on his wife and daughter, sneaking in breaks to play with Amy and thinking of any reason to spend time inside the house instead of in his garage office. At the same time Reagan is trying to stay on schedule, keep her daughter entertained and get used to being home full time.

Working from home can be challenging and while you may not face the same issues as Chris and Reagan, it’s easy to blur the lines between working from home and life at home. Here’s a look back at a few blog posts that can help you balance your home and office life and still have time for a life.

How to Get Your Family to Respect Your Business, Not Resent It
Starting a business can be exciting, terrifying and a dream come true, especially when you have a cheering squad — your family — behind you. When your family is on the opposing team, though, your new business venture can be a nightmare.

Ways to Work from Home When the Kids are There Too
Working from home with kids during the summer break (and other times too) can be challenging, but there are a few ways to make it work.

More Tips for Working From Home With Kids Around
In this post, small business owners share their tips for keeping kids busy so you can continue to stay productive while working from home.

The Benefits of Bringing Kids Into Your Business
When my sons were little and we were bored one rainy Saturday, I decided to give them a small business lesson. Other entrepreneurs have taken this one step further and instead of a one-time business lesson, they’re giving their kids a regular business education by including them in their businesses.

Making Space for a Spouse While Working From Home
I admire couples who can work from home together and not strangle each other by the end of the day. It’s not that I’m unreasonable, bitchy or territorial (at least not all of the time), but there’s no way I could stand to share an office with a spouse. Period.

What do you do to keep your home life and office life separate?


  1. These are great thoughts, Lisa. Back when our nanny (8 to 5, MF) was with us and went on vacation or was ill, I was no longer using my home office as an adjunct to my conventional ones- but needed to be there for my child (the youngest). It was a stretch- because he was there and I was trying to work.
    There were only one or two days a month that I actually worked from home routinely. And, even with the nanny, my son would creak open the door and make sure daddy was safe at work in his office- with the required attention to his needs.
    This is not a complaint. It’s the observation that I still miss those moments.
    Thanks for the memories.
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  2. Although I don’t have children yet, I can definitely identify with the theme because I live in a single room with a bathroom. =P It’s definitely cozy, but it also means that I really don’t have any private space. Your last post on working with your spouse was especially relevant for me. We definitely have our own spaces and that helps, but I continue to be less productive when he’s around. I guess I just have to plan for it. =) I’d prefer him home than not at home anyway. =)
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    • You may have a small space but I’ll bet it’s efficient! You don’t have to have a lot of space to work from home, but I understand your point about private space. Creating different spaces within one room can help (a reading space, work space, etc.). I don’t think anyone is very productive when their spouse is around, especially when they enjoy spending time together. You can always go to Starbucks and work, but if you have a comfy home office, it may be tough to get away.

      I’d love to see a pic of your home office. Small, cozy workspaces are my favorite.
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