We start working from home for many reasons, notwithstanding the promise of a more leisurely business environment, which reminds us of being on vacation. However, if we're not careful, we can easily slip into a rigid routine that blurs the lines between working from home and corporate ladder climbing. Nobody said there won't be deadlines, technology glitches, or projects that require more work than we anticipated, but that doesn't mean we must forget about the main reasons why we chose to work from home in the first place. Today I'm going to show you how you can make working from home feel like a vacation.
Top Tips for Your Permanent Working Vacation at Home
Let's face it, it's great to go away on vacation, but there's something really special about returning home, to the familiarity of your own bed, your shower, and your own kitchen. My home is my sanctuary – the place where I can be myself, take off my bra, and where I can automatically connects to wi-fi.
I bet you feel the same, so let's not become ungrateful when we bring business, clients, and technological complications into the fold. In other words, don't bring the work home.
Here are some cool tips to make working from home feel like a vacation:
1. Throw Away the Clock
One of the worst things we can do when we work from home is to push the clock and in the process miss out on opportunities to have FUN.
One of the points on our mission statement, is: To live in the meantime and act when inspiration strikes.
Living in the meantime means making time to do the things you want to do, whether it is painting your office, having a siesta, going for a walk on the beach, or hanging with friends whenever you feel like doing it.
2. Bring Your Holiday Ritual Home
What is your family's favorite holiday tradition? It could be anything from stopping work to have breakfast, lunch of tea-times with the family, or going for a swim. Al-fresco dining is a favorite in our home.
Embrace holiday traditions that remind you of good times. It will put a smile on your face put a skip in your step as you return to the office.
3. Holiday Atmosphere in the Office
While my office space is very minimalistic, the beach is just a block away when nature calls. That way, when the sun sets or there's talk of whales, I can simply take a few strides and enjoy. That always fills me with such gratitude and wonder and it has become a treasured tradition. Depending on the work I'm doing and the weather, I may go work outside, which gives me that suave-internet-millionaire vibe, which really gets my creative juices flowing.
How can you bring a holiday feel into your office? Consider family pictures, framed pictures of the beach, or something else that links you to your passions.
4. Sack Social Media
Okay, maybe that's somewhat extreme… but most of us could use the time we spend on Facebook a lot better. Let's face it, between hoax posts, horrifying news reports, and arguments, it can be pretty overwhelming. I often wonder how social media has diminished our in-person interactions with others. The smart phone can be very disruptive at times!
Look at Hootsuite to handle possibly handle business social media efforts and only go onto the sites occassionally to connect with friends or to update my profiles.
This has saved me a lot of time, which is much better spent on positive, meaningful activities.
Working from home is incredibly fulfilling and has so many benefits. It would be foolish to mar the experience with the wrong attitude. After all, life should be a permanent holiday, interspersed with periods of meaningful work and facinating learning opportunities, every day.