If you work from home, how do you do it?
I’m not talking about the occasional work from home day because you’re sick or waiting for an important package, but when your office is at home and you work there most of the time.
I ask because I am now working from home full-time.
Now I spend a lot of time out of the “office” and I do travel a lot for work, but, on average, on two days a week, I don’t have to leave the house. It’s been a transition, since, for the past few years, I’ve worked from an office most of the time.
I have long held that I am more productive when I work from home. First, you get all of your getting dressed/commuting time back since you’re not putting on makeup and leaving the house. Second, no interruptions from chatty colleagues who want to gossip.
Not only am I more productive with work when I work from home, I also have a lot more time to do other things. I’ve always been a runner but when I’m working from home, I run more often. I do do the occasional load of laundry or empty the dishwasher, so the house is more in order. The dog likes it too.
When people learn I work a lot from home, they often say “Oh I need an office to go to.” I agree, actually, that it isn’t healthy to have your workspace and your living space be one in the same. My solution has been to have a separate office (or desk when I lived in a smaller space) to work from.
In fact, I have an old fashioned secretary that can be closed when work is done for the day. I don’t drag my laptop around the house to work, for the most part. In fact, I have a large laptop that functions essentially as a desktop and never leaves the office, as well as a travel laptop for when I am on the road, which lives in my work bag.
Another comment is that people want to have colleagues. That is something I also understand, and I’m lucky enough to have a job where I see colleagues on and off as I am out covering events in the world. But I also have a handful of friends who work from home or on flexible schedules and we often get together and work. Those relationships are less about exchanging professional ideas and more about combating loneliness, but it seems to work.
How do you manage your life if you work from home a lot?