If you read my first post in MM@Work you know that I recently started a new job. One of the reason I love my new job is that I can work from home occasionally. When I first heard this I was ecstatic, we all know the benefits of working from home; no commute time, no need to wear make-up or brush your hair, and chance to catch up on housework. I imagined that I was going to turned into multi-tasking SuperShweta.
Standing by stove making sabji, typing on laptop and having a conference call over speaker phone, all while having Baby J on the hip. Working Mama meets Domestic Diva! This image was quickly shattered the first time I worked from home when Baby J tried to have a conversation with one of my senior executives while I was on a conference call.
The next time I worked from home, I got so engrossed in spreadsheets and calls, that I forgot to eat anything until 3PM. After this I realized I need to find a system to be productive with work while also using the benefits of being at home.
So I put together a schedule for myself to help keep me on track which hopefully you will also find useful:
8:00AM – 8:30AM – Get dressed, eat breakfast, throw laundry in the washer, set up work area.
8:30 – 10:00 – Get through emails, respond to calls and work on deliverables.
10:00 – 10:15 – throw laundry in the dryer. Make a fresh cup of coffee.
10:15 – 12:00 – Continue with work projects.
12:00 – 1:00 – Take a long hot shower! (if you’re anything like me, an uninterrupted shower is a luxury!). Fold laundry, eat lunch and if time permits chop veggies for dinner.
1:00 – 3:00 – Back to work
3:00 – 3:15 – Make any personal calls necessary i.e.: bank, pay bills online
3:15 – 5:00 – Finish up work deliverables, set up to do list for next day, get work bag ready for next day.
I find by time-blocking my day I ensure that my work commitments are met, while also getting ahead at home so that I can spend more time with DH and Baby J in the evening.
Here are some other Do’s and Don’ts of working from home:
Do: Set up a proper work station, if you don’t have a home office, with phone, laptop, pen, notebook and chargers
Do: Answer your phone professionally, as you would at the office.
Do: Give yourself some “me time” after 5 and revel in your ability to work and be a domestic diva!Don’t: Get involved in personal calls
Don’t: Work from bed, you will be too tempted to nap!
Don’t: Have your little ones at home with you, if possible.
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