I telecommute. I love telecommuting and I totally 100% encourage anyone who wants to go the alternative route of working from home rather than working from an office. It has afforded me flexibility and has allowed me to be home for my daughter which has been a huge blessing, especially as a single mom. But, there are traps that are easy to fall into when you telecommute that can make for a less than ideal situation.
Here are my 5 Traps to Avoid When Telecommuting.
- Get Dressed! Of course you say. Well, when you are in the comfort of your own home it is easy to be well…comfortable. Lounging in your pj’s in front of the computer becomes very easy. I suggest getting dressed for the day in a manner that makes you feel good. Don’t become sloppy because you are at home. You feel much better if 3 o’clock rolls around and you aren’t dressed in the clothes you went to bed in!
- Create Boundaries with Friends and Family– When people hear you work from home for some reason, they don’t believer you are really working. They’ll ask you for favors, stop by, call and want to talk for hours, basically things they would never do if you were in an office. So make boundaries or otherwise you’ll find yourself constantly distracted and unproductive. Let friends know your schedule. Don’t be afraid to tell them if they call or visit you won’t be available. After all this is your livelihood!
- Change Up The Scenery if Possible- Working at home is great, but you can easily become a recluse. Some jobs you can easily do at the coffee shop as well as in your home. If you can change your scenery a couple of times a week. If you do make calls just be aware of the noise level. But, if you have a porch or yard go outside and work it will do wonders to get fresh air and sunshine.
- Take a Lunch Break-One of those obvious things right? Well, when you work at home it is really easy to lose track of time. Take the time to eat your meals. You deserve a lunch break so be intentional about taking it every day. This is a great time to take get some fuel, take a quick walk, or even do some quick chores to make your week go smoother.
- Know When to Shut Off- Create boundaries for yourself. Know when to shut off. You have work hours so stick to them. Don’t get into the habit or allow others to get into the habit of calling you after work hours and expecting you to do work. There should still be a separation between work and family. Sure there are exceptions or even those clients you don’t mind taking an after hours call for, but make this the exception not the expectation.
Hope you enjoyed these tips! Happy Telecommuting!