My rules for working from home
If you’re like me, you've spent most of your adult life working in an office of some sort. Yet about 2 years ago I decided I want to take a break from the 9-5 and check out the freelance life.
The first 3 months of the freelance life were absolute bliss. I found my productivity sweet spot. I learned a lot about how to wield my natural waves of energy and focus into a super productivity machine. Because I was so productive, I also grew quite accustomed to taking a few personal liberties such as; drinking coffee in bed, attending conference calls from the base of Temescal Canyon and taking naps from 2-4 during my "no-go” time. But, like many things in life, this too did pass.
All of a sudden I had thrown myself out of balance. What was most out of balance/ missing for me was the social aspect of the office space. Let’s face it, we spend most of our day with our coworkers. All of a sudden I was missing out on those personal connections and I started to feel alone.
I could have spent more time working through the loneliness I felt while freelancing. Instead, out of fear, I went back to a 9-5. "Tried" is probably a better word for it. Going back to a 9-5 after freelancing has its own set of struggles. You’re on someone else's time now and you have to play by someone else’s rules. All of that time you spent discovering your own waves of productivity goes out the window. Now, once again, you are forced to be productive within a pre-set of hours.
So here I am. Trying to decide where I fit. While I decide I’m going to give the freelance life another shot. This time I enter that space with experience, ideas and tools I didn’t have previously. One of the tools that work best for me is to have a few rules (self-imposed of course). So here are my rules, to stay sane, working from home.
Every day I will… (in no particular order)
- Make my bed
- Leave the house
- Run for at least 20 minutes
- Engage socially and in person with other humans
It's really about creating a space that works for you. For me, that's a space where I engage with people in person and outside of my professional circle (social), I shower (don't judge- you'd be surprised), and I participate in activities that will bring me joy later on like exercise and making my bed.
So what are your rules? Sound off in the comments below!