I work from home 1-2 days every week. I really enjoy it for many reasons. They include being able to get an early jumpstart on the day, being able to break away mid-morning and get out for a run, having long stretches of uninterrupted time to focus on my tasks at hand. I’ve written before about how working from home makes my day so much more productive. I don’t have to break my concentration when the phone rings or when someone stops by to ask me a question. I can work for long stretches on projects or policy and I can focus on that entirely without other tasks interfering.
Here’s another, mostly unexpected byproduct of working from home: it’s helped me realize how much I actually like my office and the people I deal with on a regular basis. This is so true that, in fact, sometimes when I think about telecommuting, I feel like I don’t really want to do it because I won’t get to see and interact with my team. I didn’t see that coming.
There are a lot of walk-ups and cold calls in my position and, as distracting as they can be, they’re also enjoyable, too. I sometimes call them my biggest challenge and my greatest reward.
I plan my work from home days according to the things that need my attention most. I can do everything from my laptop, but some things are just better done in the office where I have two full screens and can use them to their fullest. Other things are best done in quiet solitude. I carefully curate my calendar so that like projects are grouped together.
I was talking to someone I work wth who has refused telecommuting because they say that they are too easily distracted and they wouldn’t be able to get anything done. There might have been a time when I’d have thought that about myself, but I’m over it now. I can quite easily sit down in my workspace and get my work done. In fact, my home routine involves an actual decrease in self-care because I can get so deep into the zone and forget to stand up, move around or refill my water glass.
Are you the type of person who could work from home? Do you? Could you?