I’ve been working remotely as a freelancer or contractor for two years now.
I also have ADHD, and I am a terrible procrastinator.
As a result, I’ve spent the past two years developing a system that helps me get my work done and be a good teammate in the process.
Whether you work remotely as a full-time employee or you freelance, the major struggles of staying on task usually come down to time management.
An office has a natural structure and system.
When working from home, you’re left to your own devices.
And if I don’t follow my own system, I fail miserably.
I’ve found that creating structure is the best way to approach the difficulties of remote work (and to wrangle the double-headed monster of ADHD and procrastination in the process).
By creating systems and routines for how to structure my time, I’ve been able to replicate, to an extent, the kind of structure that comes naturally when working in an office.
Start with a strategy
“Tactics are idiosyncratic,” Seth Godin says.
“But strategies are universal, and there are a lot of talented folks who are not succeeding the way they want to because their strategies are broken.”
While productivity tactics are helpful, they aren’t universal.
And they aren’t necessarily that helpful unless I place them within a larger strategy of structure and routine.
Because the difficulty of working from home, I think, is the bigger picture: the overwhelmingness of it all.