This year, Clique extended the option to work from home on a 2x/month basis. While working in your pj’s sounds dreamy, here’s what I’ve learned along the way to make the most of these days.
Get Dressed (or don’t)
Dressing like you’re headed for the office can help to mentally shift into “work mode,” even if your commute is only to the next room. This doesn’t mean you have to go full out and wear a dress or a suit, but I’ve found myself more productive when I’m not wearing the same sweatpants I typically don while on a Netflix binge. Plus, if you’re showered and dressed for the day, it’s a lot easier to pack up your work and head for an off-site location.
Make a Space
Create a dedicated work area. If you have a desk, table, or counter space you don’t normally work at, clear the area of clutter and distractions. To be your most productive self, you need to be in the right frame of mind. Working from your bed or couch is great in theory, but separating your workspace from your leisure space can go a long way in differentiating your time spent working from time spent hanging out.
In addition to your physical surroundings, “leisure proof” your internet browser. Google Chrome allows you to create multiple browser profiles. Create a profile dedicated to work. I’ve found it easier to stay on task when my address bar isn’t suggesting I visit facebook.com, just because I typed the letter ‘f’.
Have everything you need and know what you’re working on before you sit down. This means double checking the ol’ Dropbox account and syncing it with your most recent projects and files. In the past, I’ve opened projects at home, only to realize I was missing crucial font files. If you normally use proprietary programs or plugins on your office computer, make sure your home machine has a copy.
In advance, let your team know you’ll be working outside of the office. Make sure they know how to get in contact, be it by email, chat platform, or phone. It’s good practice to check-in with co-workers and people on your team, throughout the day. I’m not suggesting you spend your time catching up on gossip, but it’s another way to keep you in the “office” mindset.
Working From (Not) Home
No one said ‘Work From Home’ days literally need to be spent at home. I’m a big fan of spending the first half of my work day in a coffee shop with my laptop, eating lunch, and working the rest of my day at home. The change of environment and presence of other people (even if you don’t know them) can be creatively stimulating.