Telework is not for everyone. It's solitary – co-workers may be jealous, the boss may be suspicious, and it's much easier to find distractions (the upside – your house may get clean as you vacuum to avoid work). However, we’ve got some advice to help you remain disciplined, industrious, and sane as you work from home.
Here are our top teleworking tips:
Replace commuting time (or at least the return trip, which is good for decompressing after a long day, if nothing else) with another activity, like walking or biking.
Create a workspace that is dedicated to your work – and only to your work. Barring that, go somewhere else.
Remove distractions like televisions, Xbox consoles, or games on your computer – or even access to certain websites at certain times.
Make sure the family respects that when you're in the office, you're not to be disturbed.
Keep out: A door on the office is a plus when respect from the family wavers. Blinds on the windows are also a good idea (or frost the windows to let the light in without the distractions). Exception: Don't keep your pets out. Dogs and cats in the office rock.
Sharing an office much, much closer to home – called co-working – can give you the social interaction you may miss. It doesn't even have to be an office. The local cybercafé will do, providing it’s not too full of distractions of course.
Keep consistent work hours not just so that others can reach you, but so that you are in the work mindset during that period.
Personal hygiene is important in the office, and a daily shower, shave, and clean clothes can do wonders for your at-home work routine as well.
Take time off during the day to walk away from the office, say 5 minutes every hour. Everyone needs a break – and of course it’s healthy for your eyes to have a monitor break, too.
Find a schedule that works best for you. You need to find your rhythm, and if that’s working from midday to 20:00 in the evening, or from 5:00 to 13:00, then so be it.
For more on this topic, see: The reasons why everyone should telework.