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?