Fridays used to be my work-from-home day.
Back when I when I was working as marketing director, I would keep one day a week for working without interruptions: Friday.
I would stay off email, I wouldn’t answer my phone, and I’d spend long hours thinking about problems that couldn’t be solved during the 5 minute walk from one meeting to the next.
In 2011, when I quit that job and began to write for a living, every day became Work From Home Day.
Since 2011 my home office has been my primary place of work. Though there are times when it’s fun to pick up and move to the living room or the park or a coffee shop, for me, I’ve found that having a ritual and familiarity to my work space helps ensure I do the hard creative work every single day.
I’ve also found that many of the best things about working from home serve as a double-edged sword (as this Twitter chain from 2013 demonstrates).
Here a few articles on the topic of the home office. Enjoy…
In Praise of the Home Office: Mike Sager on the joys, freedoms, and monotonous nature of working from home.
How to Maintain Your Sanity (And Be Productive) When You Work Alone All the Time: An excellent article from Jocelyn K. Glei that is quite on point.
On Working From Home and Running a Business: I wrote this article few years ago (how the time flies!) to share the lessons I’ve learned related to finances, physical and emotional health, and keeping sane boundaries between work and life responsibilities.
Matt Gemmell on Working From Home: “Working from home has a number of difficulties and challenges. In many ways, it’s a battle for mastery of yourself.”
How Jeff Sheldon Designed A Super Productive Desk Setup: “Since I spend the majority of my week working at the desk in my home office, I put a lot of thought into designing my ideal setup where I can be productive and stay inspired as I handle the many different parts of running Ugmonk.”
The Creative’s Workspace: Here’s another one from yours truly about a few things every good creative workspace needs.
Free Time Management Class: This one is a whole 6-part class on improving how you spend your time and energy. As someone who has been working from home for more than 6 years now, I can say that by far and away one of the most important skills you can have is a solid grasp on managing your time and priorities.