Structure; pros and cons
The pros, of course, are very clear: flexibility, undeniable autonomy and a commute that consists of walking down the hallway, perhaps a flight of stairs or a stroll to your very own garden office. The cons? It takes practice and requires a significant amount of self-awareness, discipline and focus.
The most productive people don’t wake up and instantly start working while still in their pajamas. Instead, they get ready for the day the same way they would if they were heading into the office — which, yes, involves dressing presentably.
It’s easy to get distracted by personal matters when you’re working from home, because you’re so much more accessible to people outside of your work life. Be clear with those you live with about when you’re working and when you’re not.
Boundaries are necessary — a schedule that you’re strict about — to prevent distractions from disturbing your workflow. Consider setting a “Do Not Disturb” window of time where you can work freely without unnecessary interruptions.
I create a to-do list for each day, I name mine ‘Today’. It includes very specific, measurable and achievable tasks. Sometimes I need to adjust tomorrow’s list depending on what I get done today!
Whether you’re working remotely one day per week (or more) or full-time—by choice or because of a health situation—it’s important to ensure that you are set up to be productive. This includes having a designated workspace with the right technology; ways of dealing with children, pets, and other potential disruptions; and a schedule that allows for the social contact and stimulation that ordinarily comes from being in a workplace with others.
Not everyone has a designated home office, but it’s critical to have a private, quiet space for your work. If you can, separate your work area from your personal spaces and use it just for work.