Ché's Guide · Entry Level

Ché’s Guide to Office Life: Telecommuting!

Congratulations. You got a job and then you did it. To reward you , your boss has decided to forego a raise and is instead allowing you to telecommute.

But, there’s a catch: If you fail at telecommuting, it will be taken away from you.

Luckily, this is easily avoidable by being good at telecommuting. To be good at telecommuting, do what I tell you to do.

#1: Clothes. Wear them!

One of the perks of working from home that people who don’t work from home always talk about is not having to change out of your pajamas. But being productive in slippers is a myth. No one actually does that. It sounds nice, but just try to wear sweatpants to do anything other than watch TV, eat Chinese food and nap. Unless television, snacks and napping are your job, you need to avoid these things. So, take a shower and get dressed. You don’t have to wear office clothes, but do look like a grown-up.

#2: Hairs. Shape them!

You don’t have to blow dry, gel or straighten your hair, but definitely do enough to it that if someone were to knock on your door, you wouldn’t be completely mortified by your appearance. The better you feel and more prepared you are for the day, the more ready you will be to work. Also, if you’re smart, you’ll use this as an opportunity to try a new hairstyle you otherwise wouldn’t have the guts or time to attempt on your way out the door.

#3: Morning foods. Eat them!

It’s hard to find the time to make breakfast before work. Taking advantage of the rare opportunity to relax and reflect over a hot plate of scrambledie-ambled eggs or waffles with strawberries sexily laid over them really does change the course of your whole day.

Other Tips: If you have the time, work out, go for a walk or meditate before working. You’ll be amazed at your sudden motivation to get things done. Also, I’ll be amazed if you actually find the time to do any of that.

#4: Work stuffs. Do them!

After showering, getting dressed, doing your style things and eating breakfast, it’s time to do what you came home to do: work. But first, you need to set up a workspace. If you sit on your couch and work, you’re likely to become distracted by the suction of your cushions or the faces on the television. Set up a patio office or sit near a window. If you have a desk, maybe use that, but you don’t have to. Do find a spot that is aesthetically pleasing, one that is hopefully nicer than the cubicle at your actual job place, and work there. Don’t sit in bed. Don’t lie on the sofa. Don’t take your laptop to the beach. Do enjoy yourself though.

5: Early birds. Be them!

This isn’t a requirement, but I suggest you start working a little bit earlier than usual, especially if you’re skipping out on a long commute. The perks for you are obvious; the earlier you start, the earlier you can be done. Finishing work early on a weekday will free you up to do other things you usually don’t get to do, like grabbing an early bird special or having your hair colored (yay!).

(before, no after)

Also, if you’re sending out e-mails at 8:00 in the morning or doing whatever it is you do for money, your boss will notice. Being on point when working from home can only make you look good, and in the end, looking good is what got you this sweet deal to begin with. If you keep it up, maybe you won’t ever have to go back to the office again.