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What's up! I've signed up under my real name to make it easy, anyhow I'm Mark Henninger and my day job is Editor of AVS Forum. I've been working out of a home office—uninterrupted—since the 1990s. My wife Danya and I were such early adopters of a home office, we were on Gmail beta and also were among the first to use cookbooks online.

A lot has changed in the years since I started WFH, and others have remained remarkably consistent. The need for a good PC and an ergonomic workspace is a constant, but today's connectivity options free you in ways not possible in the past.

But above all, I consider work from home to be a golden opportunity to improve your coffee situation. With access to a kitchen, there is no excuse to be drinking office swill.
 

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Welcome to the forum @Mark Henninger! Any tips for preventing your work load from affecting your personal life?
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My best tip is to have activities you do together with your spouse/significant other/family, that are scheduled to start around specific times. Like watching a movie, or going out rollerblading, something. Treat it like an appointment, schedule work around it, and don't discuss work while you are doing it.

Personal time and entertainment needs to be scheduled in, as does exercise and good meals. You can't just wait for "some free time to open up" because it usually does not. And even if it does, the chances of it coinciding with the free time of who you live with is slim.

So far so good, my wife and I are approaching 30 years together.
 

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Thanks.

My best tip is to have activities you do together with your spouse/significant other/family, that are scheduled to start around specific times. Like watching a movie, or going out rollerblading, something. Treat it like an appointment, schedule work around it, and don't discuss work while you are doing it.

Personal time and entertainment needs to be scheduled in, as does exercise and good meals. You can't just wait for "some free time to open up" because it usually does not. And even if it does, the chances of it coinciding with the free time of who you live with is slim.

So far so good, my wife and I are approaching 30 years together.
That's good to know, much appreciated Mark, my scheduling skills are going to get a much needed improvement.
 
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