How To Make Working From Home Work For You
(Adapted with permission from the author)
First, work out your own Day Cycle. Some of you will be morning people; some of you will be evening people. Many of you will also have to fit in child care. Adapt this accordingly. The key thing to take away from it is think in chunks of time not in terms of 8 hours.
1. Divide your day properly. Loose and informal sounds lovely, but you are likely to find that work creeps into social time and you always feel guilty and as if you should be doing it.
2. “Walk to work.” This can be a trip round the block; walk the dog, or get on the cross trainer, or do some stretches, or any kind of exercise that works for you. It doesn't have to be vigorous; this isn’t about getting fit. It’s about moving and creating a process and separation of home from work. But "walk to work."
3. Take that coffee break at 10:30. Hang out at the cooler a.k.a. social media -(see below for information about the TTL's new Facebook group!) - then go back to work after half an hour or so.
4. Do what you always did for lunch. If you usually take an hour, take an hour; if you usually work through with a sandwich, do that then take a short break. Walk / nap / practice trumpet, whatever.
5. Go back to work for usual period with an afternoon break.
6. “Walk home from work." Seriously. Get up, go do exercise what ever that is. But crucially, *end the day.* (See #2.)
7. Tidy up work and put it away, even if that just means dumping stuff in a cardboard box.
8. Once the work day is ended, it's ended. Go watch tv / read a book / cook. Only if you would normally do a few extra hours go back to it, but even then, do it the same way you would have done, i.e., you take something out of the book/bag to work on, don't let it *flow.*
All of the above is variable but the key thing is to distinguish between work and leisure in the day, even if this means changing from one pair of pjs into another.