I love working from home and have done so for 6 years now. I have a routine just as if I was going to an office, except my commute is 12 steps. I get ready for work, grab my purse and smart phone and go to up the steps to my office. I maintain a separate phone line and voice mail for work that I cannot answer from anywhere but my work desk. I use call forwarding when I travel so only my office phone number is published. I have VOIP phone service so I can forward calls from the internet if I forget, or need to change where the phone is forwarded. I do have a wired and wireless head set so I can go get a cold drink if on one of those long boring conference calls.
I plan my ‘get off from work’ time and try to stick to it, as with any job some days I am late getting off, but it all works out. I make sure my office is for work only, any other computer play time is in a different part of the house on different computer. My office has laptop, dock, couple of monitors, multipurpose printer, fax, scanner, file cabinets – just like the office at a company. I just also happen to have a couple of golden retrievers that come to work with me and usually lay quietly until 5, and yes they know it is 5pm sometimes before I do.
For me, one of the biggest concerns when working from home is not being unproductive, but the danger of never stopping work. You could keep going and going because let’s face it – the company will let you do it, so I set myself up to prevent that and maintain a separateness.
卡羅爾的最後一點 - 你無法找到工作的停止點 - 肯定會引起我的共鳴。我剛剛將家庭辦公室從廚房外的空地搬到了樓上的一間偏僻的臥室，無法相信看到辦公室在一天結束時成功拔掉電源後會有什麼不同。 。
I have the ability to work from home but only do it on occasion. The apartment we live in is very small and my desk is in the living room with the TV which is also connected to the kitchen. I also end up having to use my personal computer instead of my work computer.
I do a couple of different things to help keep me on task while I’m working from home. One thing that I do is I setup a chrome profile specifically for work. That way none of my personal book marks are available in the window I’m working in.
I also make sure that the TV stays off. I know for sure that I would get distracted if I turned it on at all. Instead I made a playlist of songs that help me to focus on my work at hand. Whenever I hear those songs, I immediately go into work mode and get things done.
I try to make my morning routine as similar to when I’m going to work as possible. That means getting fully-dressed and not working in my PJ’s. One thing I’ve heard of but haven’t tried yet is leaving the home before coming back to it to work. This could be something like going and getting a coffee from Starbuck’s or a breakfast sandwich from McDonald’s. By doing that you can mentally walk into your office instead of your house. I haven’t tried this yet but I plan to next time I stay home from work.
For the past 8 months I have been working from home. First thing I did, was to disconnect my mobile from the internet during my working hours. So, no notifications, no distractions. My personal and work computer are same, and being a web developer I work in the browser. So social networking sites prove to be a major distraction. This is where Chrome’s multiple profile options comes in handy. Whenever I work, I open Chrome with my work profile in which I open only work related sites and accounts and nothing else.
For tracking my project, I use Asana and for managing meetings I use Google Calendar.
Last but not the least music and coffee keeps me going:)