Since becoming an editor-in-chief at Confront Magazine, I’ve been working a lot from home. I dedicate full days to replying to e-mails, scheduling content, and doing my own writing & interview prepping; it just means I spend a lot of time in front of a computer.
I love what I do, despite the fact that I still relatively do it for free. I’ve always loved music, and I’ve always been so grateful for the opportunity to work on this magazine, which is why I often find myself OVER-worked. If you ask anyone who does any kind of work from home, I think they’ll agree; it’s easy to over-work yourself, because you don’t do a regular 9-5 in a building that is MEANT for you to do work in.
Working from home means waking up when you want, taking breaks to get other things done, and being VERY easily distracted by various social media and/or nice weather and/or various other life situations. It also means that sometimes, you don’t know when to shut down for the day. It’s not easy to tell yourself “okay, that’s enough for today, even if you still have a lot left to do” because if you’re wrapped up in your work, chances are it isn’t “enough” for the day until you can’t see straight.
In the last few months, Confront has been doing really well. I’m not *just* saying that. We’ve been working SO hard to make this magazine a go-to place for ALL things music, and it’s really become a place that even I go to for the latest music news. It’s been a really intense year, and I think it’s only going to keep getting crazier. More staff, more writing, more content, and more music.
All that being said? I’ve been having some difficulties adjusting my schedule accordingly. Between Confront, my actual-paying-job, Casa Cares, school, and my life, it seems like there will always be something that suffers. Lately, it’s been my personal life, because I’m just so often wrapped up in whatever work I’m doing, and chances are I’m poorly planning out the time that I want for MYSELF in my days.
My reading has decreased, my personal writing & my availability to my friends has too, and my motivation in things like school often goes down when I’m trying to get things done where I know someone OTHER THAN ME is relying on me.
The truth is, sometimes I’m just SO happy working; SO excited to sit down and write a new piece, time doesn’t even seem like an issue. Going to bed hours past my bedtime isn’t a problem, answering e-mails all day everyday isn’t even a problem. But it should be. I should be allowed to set myself up in SOME kind of routine, even if the job itself doesn’t have one- right?
It’s something I need to work on.
Currently, my working-from-home-goal is to stop answering e-mails (unless they’re important) on weekends. I want people to realize that you can’t reach me ALL the time in a professional manner, and in the world of music I think that’s easily forgotten. I want to use my weekends for ME, rather than for everyone else.
My second goal is to try and schedule the amount of time I work on each from-home task that I need to do. Instead of spending an entire day sifting through e-mails, having specific times during the day to do so.
I’m still not entirely sure how to go about this working-from-home thing. It’s been a steady 6 month-1 year now, but I seem to just be diving more into things, rather than setting time aside for my personal life.
This summer, I want to figure out just how to make all my jobs mesh together properly. I don’t want to be stressed all the time, and I don’t want to feel like I CONSTANTLY need to be working when I’m home.
Do you work from home? Any tips or suggestions on making it work?