Working From Home Has it’s Ups and Downs!
I love working from home. It’s something I’ve done for almost 3 years now and to be honest with you I can’t imagine living any other way. It’s astonishing to me that I used to deal with a one hour commute to work each day and back – never again!
It’s not all peaches and cream though when you do your job from a home office. I learned you can kind of go crazy working from home if you don’t do it right.
One of the biggest problems I had was trying to stay social. Not only do I work from home 8-10 hours a day but I also work for myself in a one man operation so I have no virtual employees or coworkers that I talk with. I can easily go all day long without talking to another human being at this job. That’s okay to some extent but weeks and months of this – wow, you really become isolated! The solution is that you have to force yourself out of the house. For me this meant a combination of working from cafes, coffee shops, and the library to also signing up for things to do in the evening, like classes or interesting lectures. If you’re going to be socially isolated working from home, it’s critical you take steps to have a social life outside of work or else you won’t have one at all.
I mentioned above that I often work from other places outside my home office and this is important for changing the scenery. An extra bedroom in your apartment with no people around gets stagnant, and when your brain gets numb, it doesn’t work as well. It’s stimulating to be out and about and in the midst of other people going about their day. You might also enjoy the fact that when you go to any Starbucks in the middle of the day you’ll likely be one of half a dozen other people who work from home on a laptop. Solidarity!
Finally, aside from getting out and being social and changing up your work location, I think the best way to stay sane and focused with a work at home job is to make sure you don’t just work, work, work! This happens all too easily when there’s little distinction between being on the clock and not being on the clock. Simply by having set hours is a good start, but also take a lunch – a real lunch, one that lasts 30 minutes to an hour, and isn’t taken over papers or a laptop at your desk.
And when you’re done with work for the day, close your laptop and walk away from the office. Don’t use the room for other things and don’t bring your work laptop with you in the living room or wherever you go.
By following these tips you can stay productive and motivated working virtually and keep your sanity at the same time.
Author Bio: DeAngelo is one of the friendly editors at Wardrobe Closets. When he’s not writing or blogging, he works as a wardrobe and interior design consultant.