It probably hits you in the middle of the way to work, perhaps in the middle of a meeting, or in the middle of another day at the office: If I worked from home I would be much more productive. More and more men are listening to this voice: About four out of ten Americans work at least partially remotely, as evidenced by a Gallup report published last year. Nearly every third person works 80 percent of the time remotely. No wonder, "as long as you do not have a manager, you do not know how much time is spent and wasted on a manager," says Adam Cahn, 54, CPA in Greater New York City, who began working from home before about six years. "You do not have this company BS, no meeting after the meeting, you do not have to appear in an office and explain yourself, just explain yourself." Listen to a few people who do and love, and then listen Maybe this voice in your head.
Keeping you focused when you work from home
Chuck Vadun The 51
My wife was not sure I could stay focused and work productively at home, that was almost five years ago, and I'm fine, she even admitted it I wish I had recorded that she says that, I work in marketing and in collaboration, I used to say, "Let's go to the whiteboard and sketch it." I can not do that now, so use it DE I share Google Docs, Slack and other tools ideas. It works very well.
When I started, I stayed with my morning routine: breakfast and showers. In my breaks, I go for lunch, go for a walk with the dog, do yoga and play drums. I'm also a decent freak, so another break may be to clean up an area or do a cleaning job, but then get back to work.
In my last job, my office was next to an open-plan area with booming music and fired Nerf cannons. Now it's easier for me to concentrate and think about what I'm doing. This has led to better results.
Isolation is a problem I'll admit. But if you recognize it, that's half the battle and you're just doing something to counteract it. I meet friends for coffee or lunch. Sometimes I attend a yoga class in the afternoon and make up for working later in the night. When I do not need to talk on the phone, I sometimes bring my laptop to the library or the café. Only a few micro-interactions with people – even if they are completely alien – contribute significantly to keeping me in balance.
All in all, that was great, especially for my family life. When I was working in an office, people who left at 5 o'clock because they had children had a lot of side-glance. This is not about when your butt is in your place. It's about deadlines and results.
I am fortunate to see my two daughters at 3:00 pm in the afternoons when they finish school. I get a hello from them, and my wife supports my limits of the working day. She waits until I stop before she asks me to do something. Nevertheless, I am part of the car pooling system after school and in sports. Our CEO is a big fan of it: remote workers can always leave for such things. As long as you do a good job, everything is fine.
Use Chuck's Crush It From Home strategy.
- An indispensable equipment: a door in your office. You must be able to exclude a barking dog or crazy kids. It is best if this office is a separate room. Psychologically, a designated area of work – and everyone else – reminds me that they work there. When I'm not in the office, the work is done.
- Crossing Borders: Overcommunication with Colleagues. We spend a lot of time interacting via slack, instant messaging and conference calls. I'm out of sight, but I do not want to be out of my mind. So I over communicate. Not so annoying, but enough to compensate for the lack of points of contact.
- Best body-and-mind stretcher: yoga and drumming. I started practicing yoga about three years ago, so I have a mat ready for a five to ten minute mini-session. I also have drums in the garage and grab my headphones and play one or two songs. Short breaks help my creativity. When I distract myself from a task I'm struggling with, my subconscious often answers when I get back to the keyboard.
How To Use Flexibility From Home
Mike Gutman, 37, Marketing Director, FlexJobs, Fort Collins, Colorado:
About ten years ago, I spent some time negotiating remotely. I had been traveling both ways for an hour and wanted that time to be the way I wanted it to be. Suddenly, these hours belonged to me. That meant morning runs and afternoon bike rides. Although the whole idea is to escape the office routine and the meetings (and maybe some of the people), I've found that you need both a routine and some social interaction.
I do not wear pajamas all day. It helps to take a shower, brush your teeth and get dressed as if you were going somewhere. This sets the tone for the working day. And I plan my day – work tasks, errands, workouts. This structure helps to set a routine, and a routine leads to productivity.
One of my tricks is reading in bed – something unrelated to work – for 20 minutes while I wake up slowly. This stimulates my mind and then I do Calisthenics for 20 minutes. Then I brush my teeth. The time I spent commuting is invested in myself. It is a form of self-love and very important.
I do not miss the political jockeying of an office. When working from home, the quality speaks the loudest. I'm proactive, setting up calls and virtual meetings. I am also my own IT support, my own research institute. You have to solve the problem yourself. That's a skill that pays off.
As soon as your home becomes your home and office, you fill it up very quickly. Getting off is crucial, even for a short walk. Of course, I have slack and video calls, but I actively plan recurring team meetings just to connect. I also eat the energy in coffee shops.
That means I have to build a virtual wall between myself and my friends and family. It's about expectations and priorities. It is important to set expectations with your loved ones. If they need something, they must tell you that it is absolutely urgent. If not, it will be repelled.
Dealing with loneliness is a crucial life skill. I say, embrace it. You feel comfortable with your own thoughts and learn to become your own best friend again.
Use Mike's make-it-work-from-home strategies.
- Calculate your time: Write down exactly how you spend your time for a week. It can help you focus not just on what you do for work, but also on your home. You get a sense of where you need balance and can adapt.
- Resistance is fertile: When you wake up, you resist the urge to check your cell phone. Create boundaries between the life you want and your work. Do not let this stuff infiltrate your mindfulness every waking hour. You have set the time back in your day and it is valuable.
- Find your happiest place: I work from my laptop and have headphones with a microphone for noise suppression, so I can conduct distraction-free meetings. And I will set up the shop from my couch, kitchen table, office. This freedom to work in my whole house is my happy place. Andrew Daniels