So last year I started working from home. So did everyone right? Well I started before you, because I got a new job and I started totally remote in January.
I had this idea that I would do a load of experiments on how to effectively work from home, but then the world sort of fell apart and I just got on with 2020.
I have spent the last year kind of winging it. I have had no plan, no schedule, no organisation at all. This has been kinda fine, but has its downsides. I've been without an alarm, getting up when the kid does, hanging out til wife gets up then going to work when I feel like it. Mornings have been super relaxed and great, and I don't think I've had much of a productivity problem, but there are definitely some downsides. I don't seem to have the level of freedom I expected with working remote, and I think it's because I have such an unproductive start to the day that as time moves on then I end up having to ditch any plans I had to do work instead. Not that I had big plans, but like take an hour to play with the kid or go for lunch at the cafe down the road, even boring stuff like taking 10 mins here and there to tidy the office or put the laundry away have got beyond me.
So my January experiment shall be to get up and start work at a set time. That time will be 8am. This means I can then work til about 4:30 and have an hour off somewhere in the middle. This is obviously a loose guideline, I am not the sort of person who can stick to a serious schedule with a break dead on 12:30 for exactly 1 hour. There will be some leeway.. but the main point of the experiment is to front-load the day with more useful time so I can make more of my afternoons, whatever that may entail.
Results to follow :D