I’ve never worked from home aside from when I was sick enough to warrant not wanting to expose coworkers or the very rare day I just felt like hanging home, but I’d be lying if the premise didn’t seem attractive from time to time.
I’m not sure if I could do it long term (as I’ve never tried) but there’s something about the routine of simply walking down the hall to work that seems like it’d be great. Then there’s the other side.
You’re by yourself. You need to have a lot of willpower and self-discipline to remain productive and effective, and I think that takes a special kind of person. This article provides what appear at the surface to be some good things to try out if you’re new to working from home or are struggling with that situation in one way or another.
It seems like the big take-home message remains that the biggest deal is establishing a routine and sticking to it as though you were commuting to work. Self discipline.