Advice for working from home

COVID-19 has descended on the world. Many workers are now in a situation
where they find themselves working from home. For me, things actually haven’t
changed much for me. I have worked from home in Albuquerque, NM as a professional writer for at least 10 years, so I’m used to working by myself from a home office.

I won’t rehash the pros and cons of working from home. There have been
countless articles written on the subject; you just need to do a Google search
to find them. There are only two things I want to emphasize.

When you’re at work, you’re at work

Try to focus on work just as if you had gone into the office. The dog doesn’t know that. Your kids don’t. Your partner may not. Set expectations ahead of time with your loved
ones that there will be times when you cannot be interrupted. I’m not sure how to communicate this to your dog.

When you’re done with work, you’re done

This is necessary to keep from feeling like you never leave work. The temptation is to keep working for hours on end. After all, you’re home, your work computer is just down the hall, and there are always be few more things you want to get done. Instead, learn to sign off of work, close your office door, and enjoy your evening. Otherwise, you run the risk of feeling burnt out. And your dog will appreciate it.