Sunday, January 30, 2011

Working from home during the start-up phase

I recently posted an article on Linkedin about what people were doing to make working from home during the start-up phase of their companies successful (http://goo.gl/otqA2). Here is a summary of hundreds of responses I received.

(1) Make sure you get dressed for work, as if you were going to the office.
(2) Make a separate area where you conduct your work, a dedicated working space. If possible a separate room or corner away from distractions like food or TV.
(3) Try to attend meetings or networking events once or twice a week to get some human interaction.
(4) Try to keep a very detailed check-list of the things you need to get done each day, and stick to it.
(5) Be disciplined about when you are working and when you are not
(6) Exercise regularly !
(7) Take proper meal breaks, and leave the work area.
(8) Turn off all personal mobile phones, tv's etc - remember you are working !
(9) Keep away from the bedroom !
(10) Stay connected with colleges or collaborators
(11) If you have pets or children (make sure the work area is out of bounds)

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