Telecommuting can blur the boundaries between work and home, to the detriment of both, but it doesn’t have to.
Most articles point out some of the key items about remote work and these are important: routine, space, good headphones, standing desk, etc.
But what these articles miss is one of the joys of remote work: You can get up and move to somewhere else! In the early weeks of getting a remote startup going I felt pent up, trapped in the house. Then I wondered why I was feeling that. When I had a corporate job I would leave the house, commute, walk outside to get lunch, and move around the office all day. Why then did I feel compelled to be in one place in my house now?
The tip then is to make yourself portable:
- Love your laptop. Get a good one you feel comfortable using anywhere.
- Keep documents, data, anything you need for your job in the cloud. Dropbox is good, Box too, iCloud if you are 100% Mac, etc.
- Have a good laptop bag. Mine has a power cable for my laptop, a cable for my iPhone, headphones, pens, some paper, and an umbrella. Pretty simple but it means I can grab it and go.
- Find a few different spots you like. For me this is a coffee shop or two nearby and also a pub or two for late afternoon working (doubles as a social meeting spot later).
Bottom line: you have a remote job, revel in it.