Tips for working from home?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee

The occasional work from home days that I get are awesome. I get to sleep in, stay in PJs all day when I feel like it, and generally just do my own thing. Sometimes it gets a bit lonely, so I make sure to schedule drinks with friends and other social fun stuff for after work so I don’t feel quite so alone. I also make sure to go to a designated workspace to make sure I stay in the “I am at work” mindset– the couch is comfy, but it just feels like I’m on vacation instead of actually at work doing things, so I make sure to sit at a desk and make sure I connect that space with work.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

For a short time I worked with a firm that would allow me to work for home on a freelance basis. It was fine as long as I set boundaries. I am the type of person who will work 24/7 if those connections are left open. I had to learn to limit myself because I found that I would start reading my emails at 7am and wouldn’t put away my laptop until 7pm.. Clearly not ideal. Ultimately I told them that I was only available from 7am until 3pm. They liked that I started early because by the time they got to work they had material to review and respected that I was offline at 3pm. On occasion I would get a phone call asking me to logon but not frequently… So yeah… boundaries. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

At the moment I have the occasional work from home day with work. I usually find myself working harder when I working from home, as if I have to prove that I’ve been working. I do sometimes find it a bit lonely but I’ve put the radio on or some music on in the background and that usually helps. If you’re on the phone a lot for work then you might not have that issue. 

I’m currently looking at jobs that will allow me to work from home (we’ve just bought a house and can’t afford to live any closer to my work than we currently do and I’m looking to decrease my commute). The things I’m considering with this application are: do I have a dedicated space to work, can I deal with being alone all day, if I can’t deal what coping mechanisms are available to me, how often are they expecting me to be at my phone, are they expecting me to give up my lunchtime walk and be available 100% of the time? If offered the job I plan to still wear work clothes so that it feels like I’m at work. I plan to give myself set hours to work within, as I would at work and I plan to keep my work routine as much as I can (my lunchtime walk, stepping away from my desk to make personal calls and making sure to keep my usual work hours). As I’m at home, my phone will also probably be somewhere in the house and not on my desk so I’ll be less distractedly that (and I already never use my work laptop for anything non-work related).

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

That’s awesome your company is letting you do this! I work from home full time and generally I love it. The main issue I have is feeling kinda isolated/cabin feverish from time to time. When that happens, I’ll usually go to a cafe or something. I also find it helps to a have clearly defined end of the work day, which in my case is usuallly cracking open the wine 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve been a full-time telecommuter for years now. It has its benefits and its pitfalls. I have a hard time pulling myself away from work. My advice is:

– Go for a walk or workout regularily. You don’t realize how much walking you do in a given day even if you’re working at an office desk job. The walk on your commute, going from your car to office, getting up for coffee, going out for lunch, etc. When you’re at home all day, you’re stuck in however many square feet you live in and get up a lot less.

– Remember to take breaks and eat lunch away from your desk/computer.

– Get ready for work everyday. Obviously, you don’t want to sit in business attire if you don’t have to but shower, get ready, put some makeup on, do your hair, etc. Don’t get in the habit of staying in PJs all day (sweatpants are fine ;))

– Have a designated working area/room in your home and leave your work in there and close the door at the end of the day.

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Pretty much what other PP have said. I set myself a start and finish time, and still get dressed and do my hair (may or may not wear makeup.) I have a dedicated office that is only for work and make sure I eat my lunch in the kitchen not at my desk. This is all for if I’m working for my boss’s company from home. (I usually work at the office for this but occassionally from home.)

I also run my own business and when I’m working on my own client’s projects I’m a bit more slack/flexible with my hours and will sometimes work from the couch 😛 I find if I set certain times for things I get more work done, ie saying to myself I’ll make a cup of tea at 2pm or something.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I LOVE working from home. Like, really love it. However, I don’t have a set schedule – I generally keep business-ish hours but just have to get my work done by the deadline. Definitely set up an office – it doesn’t have to be a separate room, but don’t get into the trap of working from your sofa. Also, working from home does not akwats mean that you are now automatically housekeeper, chef, and constant errand runner.  Technically, if you are doing the same job as you did before, but from home, the only difference is that you now don’t have to waste time on a commute. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

SLOBee :  Good point with “working from home does not akwats mean that you are now automatically housekeeper, chef, and constant errand runner.” Apparently everyone thinks because you work from home, you don’t actually work. I had a relative ask me if I could babysit their kids during the day “Because you work from home”. I almost lost it. haha.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

mrsbeeloved :  EXACTLY! Granted, my schedule is super flexible so I am able to do all those things, but I hear from a lot of others who work from home that people think they are just avaialble to do whatever during the day. Not really.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 1992

I coach a weight loss and wellness program out of my home and I LOVE it. I stay on task using time blocking on my google calendar. No checking the news or social media during certain blocks. This method keeps me really focused and productive. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Schedule and routine were absolutely essential for me. I had to work harder to schedule and allot my time because it was easier to drift or get distracted. Often getting out of the house can be really helpful as well, going to a library or coffee shop for certain things. I would often do my emails while eating breakfast and warming up to the day. Go for a run, then head to the library for more focused and creative periods of work. then head home and wind down with more menial administrative type stuff as my mind would start to burn out.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

I work from home about 70% of the time. I have an office in my basement but I find it very difficult to disconnect if I’m not paying attention. I’ll work 60-70 hours a week and not realize. SO make sure when you’re don’t that you’re really done for the day. 

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