With rising gas prices it has never been a better time to work from home. This is especially true, as gas prices tend to spike in the summer. Summer is in full swing, and for some home-based workers there are numerous distractions that can sometimes bring out the summertime blues. Here are a few tips to maximize working from home in the dog days of summer.
OK, if you’re like me and work from home, every day is casual Friday. In the summer this can mean shorts and a T-shirt. But being too casual can detract from your work. One suggestion a fellow writer friend suggested was to dress up one day a week in the morning, as if you were going to the office, and change after lunch. Getting into slightly more comfortable clothes can re-energize you.
Eat Out Once A Week
First of all, I’m cheap. I seldom eat out for lunch. While I know many freelance writers who go out all the time to eat, I like to save my money for other things. However, in the summer time I find that sometimes just going for a walk and getting a slice of pizza can get me juiced up again. Getting outside for a few minutes with the sun shinning can really help my attitude.
I also try to meet up with a friend or two during the summer months for lunch. I try to stick to my neighborhood if possible, which means I don’t lose too much time during the day, but it also gives me some social contact with someone besides an editor or colleague via the phone.
Work Out and Get Back to Work
While I don’t often take my advice about eating out, I swear by working out. During the summer months a late morning bike ride, or mid-afternoon run can allow me to get out. That’s the key, being cooped up in the same place you call work and home can be depressing, even if the sun is shining. Get out for a few!
Back to School Shopping For Your Home Office
“Back to School.” It is three words that most kids hate to hear, and in our mass consumer world the sales for “back to school” begin as soon as the fire works go out on the 4th of July. But considering that as a journalist I’m already working on “holiday gift guides” maybe back to school doesn’t come soon enough.
For a home office-based worker “back to school” can mean big savings. In the coming weeks is when many PCs can be bought at very good prices, and what is good for the dorm room is typically very good for the home office. Likewise, summer is a good time to stock up on paper, notebooks, toner, printer cartridges and just about anything else.
Of course you need the room to store these items, but buying in bulk can mean reasonable savings. Stuff like paper and notebooks will never go bad provided that you store them where they aren’t exposed to excessive sun or moisture. Items like CD-ROMs, floppy discs (if you still use these) and printer labels have a very reasonable shelf life as well. Items such as toner, printer cartridges and even pens only last so long, but if you’ve been working from home—or even in a small office—you probably have a good idea of what you go through.