Once you shake off the part-guilty, part-sick-day feeling, it’s plain sailing
There are so many advantages to working from home that I won’t list them, but what I would advise is coming up with a strategy. There’s a common saying that when you find a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life. I’d argue that even if your job no longer sparks joy, working from home will make it feel considerably better. It isn’t always easy, and it might not come naturally, but once you shake off the part-guilty, part-sick-day feeling, and work on your motivation, it’s plain sailing.
I would like to caveat that working from home is one thing, but working from home to write your first novel is quite another. For the latter, might I suggest doing what all self-respecting deadline-nearing authors do and rent that secluded beach hut in Norfolk for February and just get your head down. No WiFi, no TV. No distractions.
For the rest of us, working from home – and communicating via Slack, Google Docs, Skype and Zoom – might soon become a reality, whether due to office closures or simply an emphasis on flexible working. For any newcomers to the WFH field, here are a few rules to live by.