Post # 1
Hi bees – i work from home, about 80% of the week. I’m struggling with finding my at-home groove? I know, it’s what a lot of people DREAM of, and i thought i did too, but i’m having issues focusing on my job. Hoping someone has some advice…
Post # 3
No advice, because I’ve only been working from home since early October(2 days a week, I go in the rest of the time). I also find myself doing other things, so I’m interested to hear responses.
Post # 4
I have the option to work at home when I feel like it, but I couldn’t do it more than a day or two every once in a while. It’s to, lonely, I guess. I like to have people around.
Post # 5
I work fulltime from home. It does take a lot of disipline to be able to make sure you get everything done that you should be getting done. I suggest making yourself a schedule and forcing yourself to stick to it. Get up at a certain time, get to your “office” at a certain time, take your breaks and lunches at at certain time, etc. Once you have worked your schedule for awhile, it will become second nature. You just have to find your routine.
Post # 6
I wish I could work from home and out of curiousity, what kinds of jobs do you all hold that allow you the freedom to work from home?
Post # 7
I’ve been working from home full time for over a year now. I agree with @noritake22. Set a schedule for yourself, making sure you give yourself breaks that you would typically take (coffee, walk to the water cooler). It takes some discipline, but if you stick to it, you’ll realize one day that it’s just become your routine.
Allow yourself some freedoms, but just make sure you don’t abuse them. I have a tv on all day but only allow myself to watch shows I’ve already seen so that I spend more time working and less time staring at the screen. I make sure I get out and take a 10-60 minute walk during or after lunch to get refreshed.
It just takes practice.
Post # 8
I am curious too what kind of jobs you can work from home with?
I am jealous!
Post # 9
i agree – set a schedule and stick to it! it’s hard at first, but you’ll get used to it.
Post # 10
Fiance works from home a few times a month and he just forces himself to stay in his office and get his work done. He starts around 8, eats lunch around noon, and ends around 4:30 which is the same as our normal day of work (we work for the same company). Of course he surfs the internet during the day but he would be doing that if he was at work anyway.
I am going to be able to start working from home whenever I need to as soon as our PC Tech department gets my work laptop ready (should be next week!!!). I have this serious complex about driving in the snow and since we live in Upstate, NY we get ALOT of it. On days that Fiance works from home, I normally call in because I refuse to make the 45 minute commute in a blizzard. My department is so short staffed that I offered to work from home if they gave me a laptop and they agreed.
To answer the ‘what jobs do we have?’ question, I’m an auditor and Fiance is a software developer. As long as we have a laptop and an internet connection (and for me a phone line), we can do our entire jobs from the comfort of our couch.
Post # 11
@Lillindy and @pumpkinpatch: I work for an insurance company and most of my work comes through email. I usually just work from the office, but I have a laptop for travel purposes and can work from home when I’m not feeling well, we have bad weather or if I just need to be home for some reason.
Post # 12
I’m a stay-at-home-mom…does that count? 😉 I’ve started doing some work for my FI’s company, and they work from home three days out of the week…but I suspect that I’ll go into the office as much as I can. Even when I’m not “working,” I have a really hard time keeping focused on getting stuff done. I’m usually busy shuttling my kids to school, activities, etc., and I’m active at my daughter’s school, but I’m starting to realize that being a stay-at-mom full-time is not for me. I’ve been doing this for 6 years now, and I think it’s time for me to work outside the home part-time at least.
But I digress…I agree with the other posters re: being disciplined and keeping to a schedule. I also find that if I stay in PJs too long, I end up being less focused than ever. I get more done on days that I get showered and dressed right after taking my kids to school.
Post # 13
Me me me! I work from home 100% of the week. Its my 4th month doing so. I find the things that have helped me are 1. Having a dedicated office (we use a spare bedroom as just my office, helps a ton) 2. Having a schedule – I essentially get up, get into the “office”, have lunch and “leave” mostly the same time everyday. 3. I always eat lunch at home and never run out in the middle of the day, I am scared it would ruin my momentum during the day.
To answer the question about what kind of job lets you work from home, I am a fraud accountant but I am very lucky to be able to work from home because my husband and I needed to move across the country for his grad school and instead of having me quit my job is letting me work remotely while he is in school. If it hadnt been for that I would totally work from my office.
Post # 14
I work from home one day a week and Ive only been doing it for about a month. Its sometimes hard to stay focused and make sure that everything gets done and I will admit I’ve struggled with it. I agree about putting the TV on to something Ive already seen – so Im not as interested. I need to start taking a walk in the middle of the day to increase my energy and get some vitamin D! I think I like looking forward to working from home more than I actually like doing it!
I work for an online university and 90% of my work is by email
Post # 15
Ohhhh bees i knew i could count on you!!
With your help i have a plan!!
- going to make a schedule this weekend to really dumb down exactly when i do stuff
- i hit up Old Navy today to get some new work-from-home clothes in an effort to get me out of my PJ’s
- plan on meal planning this weekend so that i’m not cooking after work every night, and so that i can workout
- going to look for some sort of night-class to take to get me outta the frikken house!
As for what i do that allows me to work from home – it’s an effort on behalf of the company i work for to save office rental space, since our head office is in Toronto and crazy expensive. I do architectural design-type stuff, that’s all on the computer/email. god bless technology!
Post # 16
@babybluz: i work from home once a week. and my job is project management job (i regulate my workload on any given day depending on due dates and meetings)… i try to flex my time while i’m in the office to get a lot of stuff done… and keep the “easy” stuff for my 1 day at home.
i def give myself a set schedule while i’m at home so that i don’t stray too much. i never turn the tv on, i don’t take phone calls, etc. everythign that i’d do if i was in the office. i’d def suggest your list that you’ve already created and take things day by day until you find that balance between focus and enjoying the comforts of working from home