• Rowan VillaRowan Villa, 4 years ago

    Thank you all for answering and sharing your experiences!

    I have some curiosities, back in 2013 I was working from home for an organized company with experience in remote work. For me it was a good experience, time management, work assignment and communication in general worked wonders.

    Now I'm freelancing, and I have some difficulties with the overworking, I start at 9am and most of the days I finish at 8pm doing a brake from 4 to 5:30. I'm also trying to avoid interruptions in the home, family, friends who do not understand what it means to work from home and of course "the famous since you are at home can start preparing dinner?"

    I have learned to deal with isolation and lack of human interaction, but I also need to practice some routines because I never leave the office, I live in a small apartment and I can not avoid using my spaces as an office.

    Of course I almost forgot, has anyone had a problem with Bad Health Habits?

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    • Joshua HynesJoshua Hynes, 4 years ago

      Re: Setting work hours— Yes, this is a temptation—especially if you enjoy your work. "Just five more minutes…" turns into another hour too many times. The thing that has helped me here are two things:

      1. Set working hours for yourself—and keep them! There will always be days where your schedule may change, but for the most part lock in a limit. For me it's 8:30am-5:30pm. When 5:30pm comes around, I stop working. Everything will be there tomorrow. Nothing will burn down. You need to make sure your leaving margin in your life for others and yourself outside of work.

      2. Have a dedicated work area. Some people I know like to move around the house all day depending on how they feel. I find when I do that, it's hard for me to disconnect after-hours. Instead I have a dedicated work area where I always work when I'm home and when I'm done I walk away and try to stay away from that area when I'm not working.

      Re: Isolation / Human interaction— If you're a person who feeds off of interacting with others, I'd recommend looking into a coworking space—at least a day or so a week. If you don't want to make a commitment like that, at least designate a day you try and go to a favorite coffee shop. Look for local freelancer groups on Meetup or other websites to meet up with. That helped me a lot when I first made the transition to remote. Now I don't need it as much, but I still try and get out every couple of weeks. Also I've found other ways to get out, like joining a gym and attending classes.

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      • Rowan VillaRowan Villa, 4 years ago

        @Joshua Thanks! this is great I will definitely be implementing your advice.

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    • Zarino ZappiaZarino Zappia, 4 years ago

      +1 on having a dedicated work area.

      I work in a coworking space. I enjoy the separation it gives me between home time and work time, and the 20 minute walk into work gives me time to think about stuff. And it guarantees that I’ll meet and talk to people throughout the day.

      If you pick a coworking space with set opening hours (eg: 9 to 6) that can help you avoid overworking too.

      A coworking space might feel like a huge expense, but it’s worth it if it makes you more productive, and helps you enforce a healthy work/life balance.

      Also look up local creative / freelance / coworking meetups. In Liverpool, we have a group called "Jelly Liverpool" that gives local freelancers / remote workers a free day coworking in a different space every Thursday. Maybe there are similar things where you live?

      Do you track your time / fill in timesheets at the end of every day? If not, you should. It’s a quick way to force yourself to notice when you’re working more than your target number of hours. The charity I work for uses Freckle, but I’m sure there are lots of alternatives out there.

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      • Rowan VillaRowan Villa, 4 years ago

        at this moment I can not afford to pay for a coworking space, but I'm going to start participating in meetups in my city, the community is active but I never go to meetings, I love the idea thank you @Zarino

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