Many of us dream of working at home.
I know that I like working remotely and freelance.
However, this is not always for everyone. Some people can not work at home all the time – or not at all.
Should you work at home?
Here's how to find out if you are cut to work at home:
What is the social interaction you prefer?
First, think of the social interaction you like. If you like talking with people in real life all day long, working at home may not be the best choice for you.
Do you spend a lot of time with your colleagues? Do you like to collaborate in person? If that's the case, you might not have the social interaction you crave when you work at home.
On the other hand, if you are comfortable working on your own, this could be a good way to work from home. Maybe you have other social touch points that allow you to have that social interaction without needing to engage so much with your colleagues.
As long as you can be an effective part of your remote team, work from home can give you the opportunity to be more productive, whether you decide to work on your own or work for a business.
When working at home, realize that you must react in another way. You may need to learn how to use tools such as Slack and Zoom. You may need to participate in videoconferences and phone calls.
Working at home does not automatically mean that you do not see anyone. Measure your ability to respond to emails and manage other collaborations. If you can always keep up and you do not need social interaction in person, go for it and work at home.
Be real about your self-discipline and motivation
When you work from home, self-discipline is the key to productivity. You must be motivated to go to work and accomplish what you say you want.
As a freelancer, it sometimes works when I do not feel like it, so I respect a deadline. For remote work, you should also consider whether you will stay on task – without a supervisor looking over your shoulder all the time.
Look how you perform when you do not have to do it. Do you procrastinate too much? Do you need a deadline to continue working?
While it's nice to work at home because you can set your own schedule, you still need to be able to get up and move. I might be able to go to the spa for four hours on a Wednesday, but I still have to do some work – and sometimes it means having self-discipline to work on weekends or evenings.
Think about whether you can stay motivated and avoid distractions at home. If you can stay organized and stay on track without being at the office, and if you can meet your deadlines without having someone who is constantly checking on you, you might be able to work from home.
Think about what makes sense to you. Be honest with yourself, and only work from home if you know you can handle it. If you are not sure, try working remotely a few times a week, or consider going into a coworking space to see if it helps you.
Take it for a test, and if things are going well, go full-time home.
Reissued with permission. Original here.
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