I work from home once a week and occasionally twice if it’s helpful for some reason. In the past I worked for myself and mostly worked from home - I thought I preferred that but it turns out I don’t. I like being in an office with people most of the time and only working from home a bit.
I don’t have problems with getting work done or motivating myself when I work from home, which I find people always assume is the case if they don’t do any homeworking themselves. Oh, you must find it hard to get anything done. Not so much actually.
My actual challenges are:
Getting really hyper-focused and finding it hard to take time out. I don’t really understand how this happens. In the office I’ll take five or ten minutes here or there to make the tea round or something else that gets me away from my desk, I can find the time and I often come back having done some background thinking on whatever I’m working on.
At home, time somehow goes faster and it’s weirdly difficult to take time away. I’ll want to get up and do something, and I just… won’t.
Accessing my stuff without friction. I don’t want to carry paper notebooks backwards and forwards, or be unable to work because I was off sick the day before my remote work day and couldn’t bring home my notebook.
At the moment my approach is to use a digital task manager and - because I do need/want to use paper for various things - have notebooks at work and home. Ideally I process all notes before finishing work for the day so I can just pick up any notebook next time I need one.
My next best solution is to photograph any unprocessed pages just in case I need them. I worry a lot about needing something I’ve left in the office (and wouldn’t want anyone else going through my stuff to send it to me).
I wish there was a paper notebook that synced to the cloud - if only!