Working from home series: the ups and the downs

If, like me, you have spent the majority of your professional life working in a traditional office environment, working from a home office can be surprisingly difficult.

I have spent countless hours reading blogs, research papers, LinkedIn articles, you name it, all in the search of the perfect formula for work at home.  What I have found is that you really need to find your own rhythm.

When I began working from home full-time in 2015 I ran into a few stumbling blocks along the way.  In this series of blogs I will share with you my ups and downs and how I found (always tweaking) my balance.

Here is my list of the things that I struggled with back then (and sometimes fall back into my old habits still).  I will write additional posts in the following weeks detailing what I did to overcome each of these hurdles and will share with you my typical workday routine.

  • Family interruptions
  • Domestic Engineering (housework obligations) vs. Professional work vs. expectations (personal and family)
  • Life/Work balance
  • Self discipline on time management
  • Connections and the lack thereof
  • Communicating your workload (personally and professionally)
  • Business travel (applies to the standard office worker too)
  • Personal Presentation
  • Downtime (switch from work to home mode)
  • How flexible is my flexible work arrangement?

 

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