Post # 1
So I quit my corporate job to pursue an entrepreneurial move into being a partner in a web design and development company. The company is family owned. Anyway, I just transitioned last week, and it was tough!! I mean, I love working from home and in my awesomely renovated and decorated *pink and green* office, BUT, it’s so different!! I had a tough week with work load, figuring things out, how to manage my time, being “on-demand” basically all the time since my office is 10 steps away at all times. Not to mention I’m somewhat green in a professional sense in this area. I get a little discouraged at times.
Thus far I have been trying to stay on a routine and I talk walks after I eat to clear my head.
Any work-at-homers have any advice, tips, whatevers for keeping sane and seeing the positive for what it is?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
Thanks guys!!! I agree with everything on your lists. I am a big time planner/scheduler, so I should be able to get a good flow going. My daughter will be at home with me for the summer, for a school break, so I will have that dynamic to work with as well. Though she’ll come first and the job part will come second. But I do want to help get this company going, so I think organization, scheduling and time management is key, like you guys said.
Thanks again, I’m going to refer back to this actually when setting up my plan!
Post # 8
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.
Post # 9
What is a standing desk? Like you literally stand up at it?
Yes, I have an office in the house, and my desk is facing the windows that overlook our porch and garden, i love it. My office has been redecorated into a space that’s peronalized, happy and all mine, so that helps a lot! Plus my husband was okay with pink and green, so it’s totally motivational!