Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen at least half a dozen articles about how to work from home and be productive. I’ve read every post I’ve come across because, even though there are some points that seem to be universal for work-from-homers, each post presents some unique ideas and gives a fresh perspective, which I like.
But, I was going to write one of those posts and now I can’t. I mean, I could. But if I’ve seen so many posts on the topic, you probably have, too. Do you need to see another one? Meh. I doubt it.
So, I present you with some brilliant ideas for being totally unsuccessfully when working from home. As if it’s not hard enough managing your own time and work space/living space, let’s throw these tips into the mix, too.
- Do all chores & errands first. Work later. Maybe. Because being too tired to do you work is always useful. And if you have to caffeinate yourself deep into the night, so be it. Stop being a whiner and suck down that venti espresso.
- Treat your job like a hobby. I have hobbies, like knitting, which I do only during the winter months and only a few times a week until I get bored with a project. Very conducive to success. You should see all the half-finished scarves and purses I have in a huge plastic bin in my basement.
- Never leave the house. I know this contradicts with the first tip, but this list is bogus (hopefully you’ve realized that by now. If not… maybe it’s time you got out. Seriously. Go call a friend to meet up for coffee or something). Anyway– don’t leave the house. The more hermit-esque you become, the more your work will flourish. Who needs human interaction anyway? Isn’t that what they made Twitter for?
- Try not to exercise too much or too often. Ugh. Physical activity is for people who leave the house daily. The rest of us don’t have to worry about exercise; less is more. Channel that unused energy into… work energy. Ok? Just put the yoga mat down and no one gets hurt. Don’t do anything crazy, like stretch or crunch. Quit it, alright?!
- Schedule nothing. Wing everything. You’re a busy person. You have a Twitter account to manage, Facebook friends to amuse with witty posts, blogs to read and comment on, emails to browse, YouTube videos to upvote. A schedule simply impedes the organic nature of web-surfing. Throw that crap out and wing your work schedule. You’ll get to the important stuff… after you retweet that hilarious link.
What are your best tips for remaining totally unproductive and sucking at working from home? Share them in the comments!