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Chapter 1: Introduction – Working From Home is What You Make of It
So, you’re stuck working from home? There are now two ways this can go.
One option is that you work like so many other people who are confined to home offices. That means you’ll spend a huge chunk of your day procrastinating before you actually get anything is done, which will result in work spilling over into your evening.
You’ll go to bed with work still on your plate, feeling stressed and behind. Meaning you’ll wake up the next day and start work in your pyjamas.
Without someone looking over your shoulder or structuring your day, it’s all too easy to fall into bad habits. You make yourself that morning cup of coffee, you check your emails, you read Facebook… you neglect to shave! It feels like liberation at first, and it’s a great feeling not having to rush out of the door.
But as a result, you end up with no structure. You spend all of your day “half-working” and you spend all your time cooped up in one room. Your work-life bleeds into your downtime, and you end up falling behind in all kinds of aspects of your productivity AND your personal life.
So what is the other option?
The other option is that you grasp this opportunity with both hands: that you apply a little strategy and discipline. Most importantly: you gain the correct mindset that will help you to tackle this unique challenge in the best way possible.
And what does all that mean?
It means that you can now finish your day’s work in less time. Because let’s face it: most of us wasted hours in the office on meetings and chatting around the water cooler!
It means that you have no commute either, meaning that you probably just gained 2-4 hours of extra time every single day.
You’ll work in a tidy and organized office that is designed specifically to help you feel productive at work, and then you’ll properly relax and unwind in the evenings with the people and things you love.
The best part is that you can start applying a little “lifestyle design.” That means working in the way you want to work: working the hours that you
like, and even from different locations. Why not do extra work throughout the week so that you can have Fridays off?
(Which also means you can now go to the bank and hairdresser when it’s much quieter.)
Why not forego working in your home office (if possible) and instead go and work in a café somewhere? Or even while looking at a looking at a beautiful local landmark?
Why not work from your garden, if going outside is not an option?
All this is possible when you work from home, whether you are freelancing or employed by a large organization. All you need is to approach this in the right way, and with the right state of mind.