Busy people who work from home, this one’s for you! Yes, working from home has its perks—hello the ability to do work from the comfort of your bed—but how do you stay on track? Here are some tricks from an expert.
Meet Adrian Granzella Larssen. She is the editor-in-chief of The Muse, the career and job search platform that provides tips about how to navigate the working world like a boss (even if you’re an intern). If you have any job related questions, check her out. She just recently made the shift to working from home, and needless to say, she was the perfect match to giving some helpful advice.
Q: What tips do you have to stay on track (and avoid getting side-tracked) while working from home?
A: I build my schedule around my “golden hours,” or when I feel most productive. For me, that’s first thing in the morning. People often recommend getting ready for the day before sitting down to work, but for me it’d be a waste to spend those productive hours on my hair!
If I feel antsy in the afternoon, I’ll head to a co-working space, coffee shop, or (my favorite option) a hotel lobby. Free wi-fi, plenty of other people working, and you don’t have to buy a $4 latte!
Q: What is one of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to work from home?
A: Not talking to anyone else. It’s key to socialize with others, even if you can’t get out of the house. Right now, I’m in a Slack group with other women entrepreneurs, and it’s great to feel like I have a community.
Q: What do you love most about working from home? What has been most difficult or surprising?
A: I love the flexibility and the ability to take a 20-minute power nap in the middle of the day. But I was definitely surprised by how isolating it can feel, even for an introvert like me.
Q: What does your average working day look like?
A: I start the day with “Morning Pages,” which kick-starts my thinking and creativity, then spend the rest of the morning on client projects. In the afternoon I’ll make lunch and do email or lighter work. I’ll head to a workout class in the afternoon when I’m feeling sluggish, then come home for calls. I’ll get a mini-second wind around 5, and I’ll knock out anything else that needs to be done then.
Q: Working from home can be difficult when there is no established start and end time. How do you navigate this so that work doesn’t consume your life?
A: It’s hard! I wish I could say I have this totally figured out, but I don’t yet. But, I’ve recently set some good boundaries—I don’t work on weekends unless it’s absolutely necessary, and I don’t have work email on my phone.
If nothing else, Adrian taught us that what works for her, might not work for you so it’s worth experimenting to find out the best plan for you. Ultimately, make room for flexibility. Do you have any advice for working from home? Feel free to share below!