Working From Home. One year in.
I had trouble working from home originally. I needed the office because I couldn’t control my impulse not to open up iPlayer or work on a personal project. It wasn’t surprising that this was the case because it was during the first two years of starting my company and I worked every hour of every day. I was over worked. The need to switch off wasn’t lack of self discipline, it was my subconscious telling me to take some downtime.
In christmas of 2009 we took a month holiday ( a little too long, this year it’s three weeks). In that month off I decided I would try working from home more. I takes me 1.5 hours to get to our offices from home. The idea was to save three hours a day.
It’s been almost twelve months since I made that decision. It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Here’s why.
- I get the 3 hours a day back. I use this time to work out, cook and do something else.
- Because I’m rested I’m more productive when I’m working
- I’m more organised that ever before. My workflow system ( basecamp > things > epic win ) works like a charm
- Me and my partner don’t distract each other. If we need each other we have iChat, but each day always starts with a brief iChat in which we outline what we’re doing.
The only downside is Hooba - Pork Rind