Working From Home 101
If you haven't worked from home before, welcome to the dark side, where we eat too much, and rarely wear pants...
Since I've started with Trail Transformation, I've spent very few days in the actual office, and while there's a tremendous upside to not having to commute, there are a few pitfalls you might want to try to avoid. Here's my top Do's and Do Not's of working from home!
Don't eat everything in your pantry
Trust me, you're going to want to...yeah, those Peeps in the back, you know the ones from last Easter, they're not going to taste as good as they look. I can't do this by myself, so I've enlisted Rachel to help me with everything on the nutrition side of things, and sometimes, that means emailing me at 2:30 telling me I don't need to put that second pizza in the oven.
Do get your run in early
I cannot stress this one enough, still set your alarm, still grab your headlamp, and still get out the door dark and early. With no commute, and no need to shower in the morning, it's tempting to put your run off till the lunch hour. However, inevitably, something will come up, whether it's your boss emailing you one too many times, or unlike me you have some actual responsibilities like a kid, something will come up, and your run is the easiest thing to put off.
Don't wear your work clothes
I've heard everything there is on this one, but to be honest, I'm not going to put a button up on to answer emails from my bedroom office. Your job might be different than mine, and you might have to look presentable for a video presentation. That being said, Jake is my boss, and I don't think I've ever seen him in anything but sweatpants.
Do try to maintain regular work hours
I struggle with this one, so you've probably gotten an email from me at 5:00 am or 9:00 pm. Don't fall into the trap, it's easy to think "oh I can just zip off a few emails quick" next thing you know it's time to go to bed, and you forgot to feed the dog. If you can, try to maintain as much of your normal schedule as possible. Again, do as I say not as I do.
Don't work in the same room as your significant other
Remember how I said I rarely go into the office, well when my girlfriend works at home, it's one of the few times I tend to....You don't want to see your partner grinding their teeth while they're on the phone with someone who's not getting what they're trying to say... My best advice, use them as a 10 minute break when you need one, treat them like a co-worker and chat in passing. Or you know what, do what you want on this one..I'm not necessarily an expert in this department.
And there you have it, who knows how long this virus is going to last, but in the meantime, you know everything you need to know about working outside of the workplace.