The Challenges of Working Remotely

This post by Jen Maidenberg does a great job outlining how not to lose your sanity while working as a freelance writer. I’ve never quite been in that position, but I think anyone that regularly works from home can relate to some of these rules.

While I was on paternity leave, I worked a few weeks half-time at home. This was my first experience consistently working from a home office, but I’m glad to have received similar advice before I did. It’s vital to keep a similar work routine going in a home environment. At first I thought it was just to make sure I didn’t take a while to get started in the morning. My initial concern was that I would be sitting in my PJs, groggily sipping coffee and not getting any work done. And while a house with a newborn is a good recipe to staying groggy all the time, having a regular morning routine made sure my work hours stayed productive.

But ultimately these routines are just as important when it comes to stopping work, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Having an office at home can mean that you never leave work and drive you crazy.

Jen Maidenberg comments:

This year working remotely — in the most remote way I ever have as a freelancer — really got me thinking about what it takes to stay sane if you choose a freelance lifestyle.

Read more at: How to Stay Human (While You Freelance)

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at TechFieldDay.com, blog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.