When Sean Blanda started working remotely in 2017, the allure of a "digital nomad" lifestyle - working at your laptop on the beach, say - wasn't lost on him. The ability to work flexibly, be that at home or wherever else life may take you, is the dream for every disgruntled employee who has to fit in school pickups, dentist appointments and long commutes around office hours.
If you're reading this, you probably already know that you need to adopt better work-life boundaries. Perhaps you feel like your brain is constantly on fire with thoughts about work and you're beginning to suspect there's a better way to live.
If your only friends are your friends at work, it'll be more challenging to avoid work on evenings and weekends. If you do have coworkers as close friends, consider setting some boundaries around work talk.
Try to avoid getting drawn into office drama, as it will increase the time you spend talking and thinking about work.
As a freelancer and then full-time remote employee, I've spent half my professional life outside of an office building, but not necessarily working from home. As long as I have my laptop and an internet connection, I'm just as effective as anyone working from a cubicle farm, open office space or corporate productivity pod.
The schedule that makes you start early, and mimic the office hours works best, as you end up being free earlier too. However, night owls may find working at night to be more productive or comfortable for them.
Maintaining a schedule in a routine, while incorporating regular exercise with it, works best.