Post # 1
Today I start my first day at a new job–I work entirely from home and go out into the “field” as a data collector–no office, ever. I will likely never even meet anyone else in my company as the only office is in another state.
Does anyone work from home/work for yourselves? How do you stay on track during the work day with all the comforts and distractions of your home?
I’d like to nip it in the bud before it has a chance to start. 😉
Post # 3
I don’t work from home, but you should probably read this :o).
Post # 4
The biggest tips I got were:
Get up EVERYDAY and get dressed like you’re going to the office. Working in jammies just doesn’t work and you’ll end up doing more piddling and lounging than working.
and, Make your tasklist for the following week either Friday afternoon or Sunday evening… and then STICK WITH IT! Doing it daily makes it easy to be like “oh I’ll just do that tomorrow” OR you just don’t get around to even making it and you’re not as productive as you know you can be. Be sure to add any kind of housework that may distract you as well…. if you need a clean area to work then maybe make straightening up part of your morning routine so you aren’t stopping through the day to do things.
I think also there are some bees that have set up & used a method of blocking certain sites for certain times (like WB) so they can’t get on a piddle. OR even work a “reward” system with yourself like if you work a solid hour/two you can piddle for 15 minutes or take a break.
It’s only hard at first b/c it doeesn’t take nearly the amount of discipline to get up and leave for work… but once you get it down it’s REALLY enjoyable =)
Post # 5
I work from home 100% of the time as well. It’s difficult to focus at times, but it is so rewarding in other ways.
One of my biggest tips is to have your office space away from distractions (i.e., don’t have your computer set up next to the couch and TV!) You will be a lot less tempted that way! Although some days, I still end up there 😉
Also, here is something that I do to keep me on track. I get a kitchen timer and set it for a specific amount of time (say 1 hour). I work straight through that hour, and then give myself a “reward” whether it be playing with the dog for 15 minutes, or making myself lunch, etc… Once your break is done, set the timer again, and repeat throughout the day. It gives you something to look forward to for getting your work done.
I absolutely love working from home. It’s a totally perfect solution for me and I love being able to hold down a job while keeping up on the housework, taking care of the dog, etc…
Good luck on your first day!
Post # 6
@jo.lee: i feel like that comic describes my life lol.
@Roe: I work from home like 95%. I don’t really do the things the above posters do (maybe i should! lol). Like I do work in PJs for the most part, and always on the couch (i hate my upstairs office). I think the important thing is to just make some kind of schedule. I always get up at the same time and get to the computer at the same time, even though i know no one would notice if i didn’t. I generally eat lunch at the same time, quit about the same time, etc. I do kind of do the “Okay if I do _____ I can go check my blog reader” thing. Although usually I do it less with time and more with something like “If I finish this memo I can go check the blogs.” One thing I’d say is to not turn on the tv. I do watch tv over lunch usually (1 show). But then I make myself turn it off. I feel like if I turned it on in the morning even for a little bit I wouldn’t turn it off again haha. Also, do try to be productive but also don’t feel too badly about some down-time. I remind myself that when I worked in an office I wasn’t productive 100% of the time either. There was still internet + coworkers who were wanting to chat and pointless office meetings, not to mention going out to lunch which meant spending an hour. Now lunch is 20 minutes bc it just doesn’t take that long to eat. So while I might spend a little more time on the internet than I did before, I prob spend the same amount of time working bc the internet is pretty much my only distraction.
Post # 7
@jo.lee: Hhaha love that comic. This is what I need to avoid. 😉
@amnystik: @MissMaine: Thanks ladies! Looks like setting blocks of time is super important. I’ve already suspected that my couch will be a deterrent! I’m really excited though–the flexibility of my schedule is a definite perk, especially after working at Starbucks and waking up @ 4:00 am….
Post # 8
That comic is my life.
I work from home about 75% or more. I would agree with some of the other suggestions. Make a list of things you need to get done that day and stick with it. Set up a place that is just for working to help you focus.
although, I am not going to lie, I am bad about getting out of my PJs some days and when it is really cold I might be working from my bed. (like today)
Post # 9
Sometimes I work at home if we’re in the middle of a major publication. I find that if I schedule my work in 2 hour blocks and do 4 blocks a day, I feel good without being overwhelmed.
Post # 10
@CorgiTales: &@panterapeach: I work in my pjays too – all the time! What’s even the point if you can’t? 😉 😉 😉
Post # 11
I work from home, but can’t say that I am hugely productive, but I work for myself, so if I’m not working, I’m not making money. Some of the ladies already gave you good tips. I have an office space, and when I am doing things on the phone (don’t need a computer) I leave it off and focus on just doing that for the amount of time that I need to. Each day is different for me, so a schedule is crucial. I am not a list person, but am starting to see that I need to become one. I am working on efficiency, but I am a terrible procrastinator and that hinders productivity for me.
Post # 12
@Roe: can I ask what type of job it is that you are doing from home?
Post # 13
@MrsSl82be: I’m working in data verification for an insurance sub-contracting company. So I go out, take photos of homes, measure dimensions, write up reports online and send them in.
Post # 14
I treat WFH the same as going into the office. I get up at the same time, shower, get dressed (casual instead of BC) and keep the same schedule as I would in the office. I work at an actual desk and do actually keep the TV on all day, but usually CNN or MSNBC and always on mute or low volume, unless I’m on a conference call. I don’t think this is unusual at all because many executives and managers have TV’s in their offices with these channels turned on all day. Plus it actually helps me concentrate, because it’s not so silent with the TV on.
My work uses office IM, so if my boss or coworkers want to, they can ‘check in on me’ to see if I’m idle and for how long. So if I need to run any errands or work out, I usually do it in the morning before 9am or at lunch.
Post # 15
I work from home full-time as a freelance journalist. I just started this job in June when I moved from Washington, DC to Hawaii, as I had to leave my position there as an editor of a magazine. I’m still struggling a little bit with the adjustment– mainly the fact that I’m by myself all day with no interaction with people. I’ve found that taking my laptop to a coffee shop with wireless a few times a week helps me get stuff done; just being in a different setting and away from the house motivates me to work really hard for a few hours.
Lists have HUGELY helped me as well. I make a list every day of what I want to get done, what the status of any projects is, etc. I also spend a few minutes at the beginning of the day making a list of non-work related errands/cooking/cleaning I want to get done. Getting that list done and then setting it aside when I am working helps me not get distracted by making a mental list of all the things I need to do (not sure if that makes sense… it does in my head).
Post # 16
I work from home 3 days a week right now but soon I’ll be going full time for about 7 weeks. It’s a pilot with my company to see if they will eventually have full time remote employees. Some days I get up and shower before I start working and others I don’t. It depends on what time I’m starting. I also sit at my dining room table so that I have the option of going to my couch for a few minutes. It helps that we dont have TV and that if I wanted to watch something Id have to search through Hulu or Netflix so it doesnt really seem worth it. Also, students are calling me all day long so I can’t really have the TV on or else I’d have to be constantly be pausing or muting it. I just make sure to get my work done. I do get dressed to help myself feel more productive, but some days that just doesnt happen and I end up sitting in my robe and PJ pants for 8 hours until Im done then I quickly shower before Darling Husband gets home!! I LOVE working from home though. It saves so much time, is less stressful, saves money. I am a huge proponent of it!