Have a Daily Schedule when Working from Home

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Working remotely is fantastic; you have a lot of freedom to work anywhere you want, create your own schedule (more or less) and overall have a better work-life balance. However, it can also have its drawbacks. It means that you are probably working from home most of the time, and that can blur the line between when you work and when you don’t. It can be easy to get sucked in and ‘just do this real quick’, especially if you like the work you’re doing. That’s why it’s important to have a schedule or routine when you work from home.

This will help you create the boundaries needed to prevent constantly working. Mine varies a bit depending on when my classes are, but it looks something like this:

8:00am – 8:50am: Teach Class
9:00am – 5:30/6:00pm: Work (with breaks here and there)
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Dinner & TV/unwinding time
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Play the drums (or maybe workout, if I’m feeling motivated)
8:00pm – 10:00pm: Life stuff. Laundry, cleaning, side projects, etc.
10:00pm – 11:00pm: Unwind before bed.

Again, this can move around a bit depending on what I have to do, but I try to stick to this, otherwise it would be teach, work, eat, work, sleep and that would cause some serious burnout.

Do you work from home? What’s your day-to-day look like?

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  1. Joe, I wrote such a long reply to your blog, that I had to turn it into its own blog post.
    And here it is:
    As a closing remark, I think that as long as you LOVE WHAT YOU DO, it really doesn’t matter where you work from. But as the gas prices keep going up (yes, there was a 30¢/gallon price dip recently, and don’t you think that it will stay like this), with traffic getting more chaotic, and with more people with stress disorders caused by traffic alone, not to mention globalization, I think it might be a good idea to start thinking about working from home, and migrating the work force to their homes. This will accomplish a few of Environmental Protection Agency’s objectives too, and it will definitely reduce pollution.[…]
    For the entire article:

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