This week, I am participating in the Problogger #BloggingGroove Challenge. Someone had posed a question in the Facebook Group that has been set up for that challenge: What are some of your favorite Work At Home Tips?
I have been working from home for nearly eight months now. As Kamakshi Media has reached a stage where we need to look for a bigger office,here are some of the do’s and dont’s that I can think of:
a. Home Office is still an office. The same rules apply: getting work done on time, taking lunch and coffee breaks, catching some fresh air.
b. Get a Standing Desk. Seriously. The temptation to walk into the bedroom with the laptop will reduce significantly.
c. Use distractions as your “forced Pomodoros”. I have five scheduled interruptions between 9 AM and 11 AM every morning. Initially, I used to get irritated by these disruptions. Nowadays, I treat them as opportunities to focus on worldly matters: doing the laundry, preparing lunch for Buddy, among others.
d. Dress for your working style. If your work requires to be dressed in business suits, put them on. Yes, that includes the pants.
e. Your Dog is your stress buster. (if you don’t have one, what’s keeping you from adopting one?)Spend time with him or her every alternate hour during your workday. Hiding the treats is a great pastime, and can also keep the boredom away.
f. Set the groundrules: For example, you will spend maximum 6 PM in the ‘office’. Anything beyond that, you are ruining your family time. That including getting the dinner ready.
Now it’s my turn to ask: What are your Work At Home Tips?