There are risks of getting lost when working at home

In the office we fit into the way of working through interacting and gaining feedback from others. There’s an office culture to rely upon. If we don’t have a set rhythm and work at home culture, then we might often find ourselves waking up in the morning and hoping for random success.

We’ve all been there. Going through the motions of daily tasks with a feeling of just seeing how things go, and reacting to tasks which come our way.

There’s room for serendipity in letting work drift, but there’s also a risk element of feeling lost.

A comparison is similar to an athlete or musician going through the motions of just practicing and playing along, or the deliberate purposeful training and practicing that goes into honing a craft.

There’s joy in drifting and jamming along, and at the same time there’s an art in crafting our ability to work better in our environments.

Making the home work for work has as much to do with finding the best ways to think about work practice. Practice is something that we can become conscious about and train for, but it requires a set of personal mental models.

Design in context: New questions arise to help us work better at home, such as which mental models are right, how might they vary, and how can we make choices about our working model that we feel good about in the moment?