Working from home can be a blessing and a challenge.
Here are three things that have helped me along the way…
- Finagle yourself a bike desk! No need to be tormented by exercise versus work again! If my focus is starting to evaporate I can usually hop on the bike and get my mojo back. It’s also a great place to hang out while watching a webinar (just make sure it’s not a video conferency-type webinar. That happened once. It was a little embarrassing and I’m sure the bobbing up and down of my head can be pretty distracting!)
- Get open/closed sign from the dollar store! When I put it on my door it means I’m closed for mom-business. Don’t even think of interrupting my conference call for a paper cut or just because you’re ‘feeling snacky’.
- Find your flow. Figure out which times of day work best for which types of work for you.
I am a very definite night owl. I’ve discovered that I have a very a short window of focus when I very first wake up (which is broken if I need to do ANYTHING else such as doing the school run).
The rest of the morning I can check email, do any work-related social media tasks and do any housework that needs to get done.
After lunch, I am more focused, but anything that requires a lot of brain power or imaginative thinking is really best after dinner from 7 or 8pm onwards.
I found the Optimizing Your Day with Daily Rhythms, Optimal Timing for Tasks and Maximizing Breaks episode of Erik Fisher’s Beyond the To Do List podcast with Daniel Pink (author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing) so interesting. I’d never really thought about the impact me being a night owl has on my entire day (other than enjoying working at night).
That’s it. Give one (or three) of them a try and see if you can make working from home go a little more smoothly!