I'm currently a part-time teleworker myself. As I'm located in DC and the laboratory I telework to is in New York, it's pretty helpful not having to make that commute. When I first started teleworking, I found it extraordinarily difficult to not get distracted or to feel trapped in the apartment. I'm much better at it now, but it would definitely take another push to get used to teleworking full-time. Here's some ways you can keep in that work mindset, and not get cabin fever, when working from home.
- Dress to impress: It can be really easy to skip that first-thing-in-the-morning shower if you've no one to impress with your physical presence, but it also feels good to look nice.
- Check out the local library or coffee shop: One of my favorite things about being at GovLoop is my coworkers. I can imagine being at my apartment full-time would get pretty lonely. Go to a place friendly to telework that also has others around to mix it up a bit.
- Stay connected to the office: Frequently catch-up with co-workers, whether it's a quick Google chat to ask how their weekend was or a call about potential new projects.
- Volunteer/be a community leader: Find a community organization to be involved in, whether it's facilitating a book club, attending a local mosque/church/temple/other house of prayer, or feeding the homeless.
Teleworkers, what do you do to keep from getting cabin fever and to stay productive?