Monday Start-Up: Beat the Home Office Blues

by Rachel Yeomans | August 15th, 2011   

I included this Inc. Magazine article in my weekly Working Reading List on Friday, but I thought it was important to bring up again, particularly at the start of the work week! With the economy, changes in office structure, and new technologies, many of us work from home either part- or full-time. I don’t know about you, but my apartment gets to me after a while, and I either eventually work 24/7 or I find myself getting constantly distracted and can’t accomplish anything at all!

Woman Work From Home Monday Start Up: Beat the Home Office Blues

Here are some tips from the article that we can all glean from I feel.

Beware of the home office “rut”. It’s easy to fall into a work-pattern that includes sitting behind your computer for many hours a day. And guess what? It’s exhausting! So, at the end of the day you may not feel like going out to socialize or network. So, on come the pajamas and the television and poof! …you’re a hermit! Well, maybe not a hermit, but it can happen if you’re not careful.  Scheduling is the trick here – making commitments in advance and sticking to them.

Get up, get dressed, and get out. I begin every morning at the local coffee house. Whether I choose to work or relax it gives me a destination, as I had for so many years in a corporate job.  It also gives me a reason to avoid a long day in my pajamas! It’s novel to make money while you’re in your comfy gear, but the novelty wears off and neglect can set in. Dress for work and get out of the house every day.

Invite your social media friends to share in a virtual cup of coffee. Many of us have “good friends” who we’ve never even met in person. Speaking to them on the phone every now and then will expand your social networking experience in a meaningful way.  It helps to know that your resources and friendships extend far beyond your home town.

There are others in the article that I highly encourage you to read. And of course, I’m sure we can all add to this list. I personally find myself to be much more productive if my bed is made, and my apartment is clean. Therefore, every Monday and Friday at exactly 4pm, I give myself an hour to clean. Luckily I don’t have a large apartment and it usually doesn’t take a full hour to clean. So that way I am able to accomplish those cleaning projects I’m never able to “find time” to get to – such as cleaning out my refrigerator, washing my woodwork, or organizing *gasp my desk. I’m a neat freak, and this routine keeps me sane and actually makes me more productive as I don’t have the stress of working inside a dirty apartment.

What are your work-from-home tricks? Please share in the comments!



I live in a tiny apt and I often feel like I need to bust out of the windows and run around outside. Working from home is awesome but it's so easy to be lazy. I'm trying harder to wake up and actually get dressed in a normal outfit (not sweats) and stick to a normal work schedule (9-5 or 9-6) I like taking walks for lunch or breaking up the day by going out and doing something fun.

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@shoplet Thanks so much for the comment! I love the idea of setting a schedule, being dressed, but also getting out and taking a walk and getting some fresh air - all super important to staying productive and not going crazy!