As I’ve alluded in my previous posts, I’ve been working from a little while now and thought it would be worth capturing some of the things that I’ve noticed. This is little more than a list, but thought I should share anyway.
- Having a proper workspace is key. I soon found that I couldn’t work productively from a dining chair or sat on the sofa. I had to invest in a proper office chair and sort out a permanent desk. I don’t actually need that much floor space, barely 2 square meters, but that’s enough.
- Discipline is tricky, Working from home it’s easy to get distracted to and go and put some washing on or make another drink. That said, as long as I have a goal to complete, I’m more productive and get stuff done faster.
- I’ve found music to really quite distracting, anything with a vocal track. Having previously worked in an open-plan office, there was always noise, leading me to invest in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. At home, I find I can’t wear them for very long, and if I do, anything with lyrics is guaranteed to break my concentration.
- My most productive periods are usually just before lunch, and again just before I collect the kid from nursery.
- Dress. Working in PJs in not really an option, whilst I don’t got to the extreme of putting on a suit, I do tend to wear shorts and shirt, given that I’m going to be sat down for quite a long period and I don’t have the luxury of air conditioning.
- Food. Leftovers are a thing of the past. Rather than go and spend £5 a day at the supermarket on lunch, I’m eating whatever is left in the fridge. This can lead to some weird combos.
- Drink. Well it seems the 2 bottles a day Diet-Coke count is a thing of the past (mainly because I suspect that it’s harder to get hold of). Drinking plenty of tea though.
- Home life. Although I can’t exactly shut the door on my office, it’s location in the kid’s playroom (Lego City) means that working with family around is impossible, which is probably better for all. When I am home, I’m able to to spend much more time with the kid than I would have been able to previously.
So, all in a mixed bag, but positive nonetheless.