As Covid-19 continues its relentless march to havoc, we might find a greater number of people finding themselves participating in the largest ever ‘work-at-home’ social experiment
If you find yourself in that circumstance, make sure you have a plan!
I’ve been working in a home office since 1990, and so with 30 years of experience under my belt, I have some insight into how to best manage your time, your sanity and your life.
And in fact, way back in 2003 – 17 years ago! – I wrote a post that included my list of ’10 Rules for Working at Home.’
It seems a good time to now share it!
In the area where I live, the school system has an annual “take your kid to work day” for Grade 9’s. Today was the day for my eldest son — and since I’ve been working at home for 18 years, I suggested it might not be a good idea to have him hanging around here for the day watching TV!
So we sent him off to work with the local grocery store……
18 years is a long time in a home office. Back in 2003, I wrote an article, “10 Rules for Working At Home.” Here’s the short list.
- Make a daily plan, set a commitment. You’ve got a job like anyone else, and quite simply, you have to get things done.
- Make space. Your home office has to be just that — an office. … do things to ensure that your office is “someplace separate.”
- Don’t feel guilt Don’t feel bad if you take some private time here and there! It’s part of the balance…
- Set boundaries. Learn to shut the door. That’s got to be the most important thing when it comes to developing a healthy separation between your work day and your home life.
- Kick back. In your home office, you’ll have a desk. That doesn’t mean you have to do all of your work there!
- Educate your coworkers. Working at home means that you are in the vanguard of a workplace revolution.
- Talk to your mailman. When you work at home, you’ve got to make sure that you replace water-cooler chit-chat with something else. Get out and talk to people!
- Appreciate the rewards! Love your job! Realize that you’ve got the best of both worlds — you’ve got a great career, and you get to spend time with your family.
- Plant flowers outside your window and buy a birdfeeder. Take the time to make a home office that will drive you to results, and that will spur you on to enjoy your work!
- Recognize that you get a lot more done. That’s a simple truth.
- Have a laugh. Did we say a list of 10? I have 11!