(Closed) Any other work-from-homers can shed some light? :/

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Working from home is tough – I’ve done it lots and I’m still bad for rolling out of bed and sitting at my desk in pjamas.  I’d say though that if you can get started by thinking of it as a job – get up a regular time, get ready for work, then sit down and work, finish at a regular time – basically pretend your desk is in an office somewhere.  I’d also advise making sure you have people to talk with every day so you don’t get too isolated.  I also try not to snack at my desk – I make a snack into a real break – this is also so I don’t eat too much, very tempting when the kitchen is right there!

Post # 4
5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sometimes I work at home, sometimes from an office. When I work at home, the key is discipline, turning off the internet for set amount of times, and changing up my location – going to a coffee shop, for instance, just to have some people around me. I get really fidgety when I’m alone all day and only see my Darling Husband.

Post # 5
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Time management is the hardest part for me. I’m 100% WAH too. I use a white board and my outlook calendar to make sure I hit everything that I need to in a day the walks that you take will be a huge help – I’m soooo much more productive on the days when I take a break,but sometimes that’s even hard! I would say that it took me about a month to adjust. Another tip would be to set a time near the end of the day to write a quick summary of what youve accomplished that day, just to reflect on your workflow and see where you can improve your time and process management.

Post # 6
10849 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I definitely agree with the walks to clear your head (and get your body moving!). Try to set boundaries on the hours you work. It’s hard to not get caught in the “Oh I’ll just do this because it’s so quick” after dinner or on the weekend. Your own time is your own time. I love to have the tv when I’m working, but I find I’m more efficient if it’s just the radio or music instead. I try to save the tv for certain time periods of the day (like Dr Phil at 3, lol). I’m not always great at following through on that 😉

The biggest thing for me, is getting family/friends to understand that working from home does NOT equal being available 24/7 to run errands, meet up for coffee/lunch, etc. While it gives me a lot more flexibility, it still means I have to set my hours, meet my deadlines, etc, other people have a harder time grasping that 😉

Post # 8
6245 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I alternate between working from home and working outside the home.

When I work at home I use a standing desk because it helps keep me out of the sit-around-all-day slump… and prevents me from sitting on the couch in front of the TV to ‘work’. 

I have a separate office (no TV in here) and I positioned my desk so I can see out the window because that’s important to me.  I like the ambient light and view of nature. 

I also put on music.  Sometimes it’s regular stuff, but if I really need to concentrate or block out the background noise, I put on wordless music. 

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