Working from home brings to mind bare feet, fuzzy slippers and pajamas. And while you‚Äôre working, don‚Äôt forget to put in a load of laundry.
Whether it‚Äôs for comfort, the opportunity to get more done in less time or any other reason to Work from Anywhere, telecommuting is a lure for many. While it does offer many benefits, doing it full-time requires more organization than the occasional work from home days. As a full-time telecommuter, I consider having structure in your day essential. One way to do that is to have an office space. While the dining room table may work fine occasionally, full-time telecommuters need a designated office. I have a home office that‚Äôs considered a ‚Äúfree-space,‚Äù meaning we don‚Äôt try too hard to make it look nice. It‚Äôs cluttered with work papers, reference books, two computers, a printer and a fax machine. When visitors come over, we close the doors and hope they don‚Äôt peek in.
Along with your office space, you should have designated work hours. Sure, you may sneak in an occasional load of laundry or even take the dog for a short walk, but work time is just that. Have regular hours and stick too them. On the flip side, just because you work from home, don‚Äôt let it take over your personal life.
I enjoy working from home, but it wouldn‚Äôt be the same if I didn‚Äôt have an office space and regular hours. I‚Äôll share more tips for working from home soon, but now, I‚Äôve gotta run ‚Ä¶ the washing machine just buzzed.