Post # 1
I recently started a new Independent Contractor position and I mainly work from home, but travel to the home office once a month. I have always worked 9-5 in an office and I feel like I’m never doing enough.
If you work from home, do you have any tips that helped you transition from being in an office from 9-5?
Post # 2
Get up and get dressed , prepare lunch etc the same way you would if you were going to the office, and try to have a dedicated workspace if possible.
Ive been working from home for the last 2 years and it’s been challenging to transition – i didn’t do any of this and found it easy to get into bad habits and get quite distracted during the day. When I started making an effort to keep a routine similar to what I had in the office and minimized distractions, I felt like my job performance improved vs being in the office daily. I do use some 9-5 time to run errands because it’s quieter (my boss does the same) but I tend to work later a lot of days anyway.
Post # 3
I’ve never worked from home but my dad did pretty much my whole life. He used to have his desk in the den where we watched tv and it was awful, we got yelled at a lot to turn the tv down and be quiet. We moved to a bigger house and he was really focused on having an office attached to the tv room. This was great, he could shut the doors when he needed to, but have them open too so he could still be involved with us if he had to work late.
Idk if you have kids, but my biggest thing as a kid of this situation is to set clear boundaries for yourself and them. I had to learn when I could go tell him a story or interrupt and when to be quiet and occupy myself. He also had a hard time stopping work sometimes and it could bleed late into the evening. So try to maintain regular work hours and have the ability to shut off most of the time when it’s not like the peak of a massive project. For the most part I’m so greatful my dad worked from home, it afforded us a lot more flexibility with life and schedules and he was home more than if he had stayed in a traditional office. Now he travels the world and does work as he feels like taking jobs and I’m so envious of that lifestyle.
Post # 4
My husband is about to start a work from home job so this is so helpful to read!
Post # 5
I don’t have kids and my fiancé works out of the home, so I don’t have to worry about boundaries or sharing space with anyone.
i did set up a designated area with a small desk, which has helped give me some normalcy in the situation. I have been working on my deck, which has actually been nice.
peachybee88 : I definitely feel better when I get up and get ready for the day. When I sit in my lounge wear all day, I feel lazy. I feel even better on the days that I get up and work out before I start working.
Im also trying to make sure I take a lunch break or some type of break like I would at a normal office job. I usually walk the dog and get some fresh air.
Post # 6
This is exactly how it was for me when I started working from home. My FH and I just sold our condo, which meant open concept and close quarters. My FH always felt the need to tiptoe around which likely was frustrating for him (he works on call and has been off since last fall due to health issues). Even if i set up in the dining room or something , it was open concept and close by, so he still always put headphones on to watch tv and had to be quiet if I was on the phone. I felt terrible as it must not have been very fun for him to live that way! It was also hard for me because the temptation was there for me to hang out with him and not be as focused on doing my job.
The biggest benefit is , I’ve been able to take him to all of his appts and be there for him (same benefit would apply with being able to be there for children if you have them) – he wasn’t able to drive for a few months last year so having me available has really helped us look after his health.
We recently sold the condo and are building a house, so I’m looking forward to having a real office where I can work without disrupting either of us. For now, we are living between my parents house and their house down south , both of which have space for me to use a separate room. It’s been much better already, even with the distractions of moving lol. Having a dedicated workspace has been the biggest contributor to my productivity, and low productivity times as well.
Post # 7
A lot of it is going to depend on your job and their expectations. Are you having to be logged into a sytem that shows you’re working or are you able to just do your tasts as you wish? Do you need to be available for calls and work chats?
I’m self employed and work from home. When I transitioned from working for someone else (in their office) to my business and from home it was definitely an adjustment. I fully admit to getting up, fixing my coffee, wandering into my office and working half the day in my PJ’s. That being said I’m my own boss and don’t need to be available to anyone but my clients.
I will say there is something to getting up and getting yourself ready for the day as you would if you were going into an office that helps be more productive. Also, having a dedicated office space you can shut yourself off from the rest of the home is important. Keeping your office space clean, like you would if you worked outside the home.
At the end of the day though, one of the perks of working from home is the flexibility. Being able to go throw a load of laundry in, meet someone for lunch, lay down if you are having a major headache. I remember being pregnant and being SO thankful I was my own boss and worked from home because everyday at 3pm I felt like I had been hit by a truck and literally could not keep my eyes open. I’d have to go lay down and take a quick nap then get back to work.
The one downside to working from home is feeling the pull to go in the office and work TOO much. Especially when you’re your own boss. Now that I have a kid it’s not as hard, but before kids I would easily look at the clock and realize it was 2pm and I hadn’t had lunch. Or 6pm and I was still working. Having some alarms set to remind you to take that lunch break or stop at the end of the day is important.
Post # 8
I’ve been working from home for about five years now. It is definitely hard to stay motivated and not do other tasks like a load of laundry here and there. It’s also tough to get to know the organization and it’s employees when you’re remote. Dedicated space as “office like” as possible helps a lot. You likely won’t be as productive if you decide to sit on the couch or have tv in the background, so keeping the environment professional should help. I also like to really plan my days out in advance, including any distracting items. Like if I know I would like to pick up groceries before my family is home, I will set that time aside as my lunch break. Otherwise, I am at my desk. I also use my “lunch break” as exercise time. I gained a bit of weight working from home, as I’m more comfortable snacking at home than I am in the office. I’m also not walking around an office to meetings or talk with coworkers, so to combat that, I try to hit the elliptical or go for a walk at some point.
As for working with coworkers, I recommend you take advantage of your new-ness and request shadowing other employees, study org charts, go to extra meetings, and make sure you get as much training on operations as you can.
Post # 9
sounds like you’re off to a great start! Try to keep things somewhat structured and I think you will enjoy the benefits. The difference working from home is that you don’t have anyone watching you so it’s easier to slack off. Trying to keep things structured will help keep you from falling into bad habits.
I would also consider using a day planner if you don’t already. I used to do this and want to start back up once we finish moving. It helped to block my time off into chunks to work on different projects and allot time for other things you need to do during the day. The one I used to use also had sections for goal setting , personal and work to do lists, gratitude, motivation etc.
Post # 10
sharpshooter : Agree with everything peachybee said! I worked 100% remotely for 2 years and it was hard to not want to lay around during the day, do house chores, or sleep in. I often end up working really late because of this. A routine is going to be extremely helpful. I’m now back in an office setting and prefer it just because I have a designated office space now. At the time I was in a pretty small 1 bedroom apartment with no designated space and that made it very difficult to stay organized and focused on work. In any case, I think you’ll enjoy the work from home and transition much easier if you can establish your routine and minimize distractions from the beginning.
Post # 11
I work remotely three days a week. I totally work in my PJ’s and I don’t have a specific schedule to follow but typically I log in around the same time when I go into the office. It’s nice that I can get chores done in between, especially laundry. I get an hour for lunch so that’s usually when I do the bulk of chores around my apartment. We have a two BR apartment, so our spare room is both of our offices as my SO works from home a few days also. It can get annoying when he is on video calls with his staff, but I’ve learned to tune it out as it’s not much different than people in my office talking to each other. Having a specific area to work makes it a lot easier for me to stay on track. We also have productivity quotas to meet, so I really can’t slack off. My stuff is timed so I think I’m actually more productive at home than I am in the office as I can get sidetracked more here with people asking me 982374927539283 questions all day long lol.
Post # 12
Thanks for all of the tips.
I’m actually working for 2 companies currently. One is my main job and i have to be available to them at a moment’s notice and the other company is just some light data entry, which I use to fill in during my lighter moments. I just started the data entry this week and I’m able to do a 1/2 hour here and there and it seems to be working out. It’s a trial run and I can end it if I get too overwhelmed.
Post # 13
blondie603 : I agree so much with your last sentence. It’s nice to be able to focus on projects and have no interruptions. I feel like I’m more efficient at home, but it makes me feel like I’m working less.
Currently, I am sitting outside on my deck, with my doggo and getting ready to dive into a new project.
Thanks again for all of the comments and tips.