Whether or not you negotiated a trial work-at-home period, you are, in some sense, on trial. Sure, your boss may trust you, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as Cervantes wrote in Don Quixote (probably while he was working at home).
Fortunately, you developed a plan for showing results at the beginning of this process. Now you just need to see it through. This will require some extra mindfulness, particularly if you’re keeping time sheets or committing to work a certain number of hours per day. If the doorbell rings, you’ll have to train yourself to think, “This is my workday
so I need to keep this brief,” rather than “I hope that’s my neighbor with those extra tomato seedlings.” Distractions are inevitable—and not evil—but you’ll need to remember to keep on schedule.
If you must work a set number of hours but your employer doesn’t provide you with time sheets, develop your own. It’s often easiest just to keep a pad of paper within reach, and write down the exact time when you start and stop a task and what you’re doing. Later, you can transfer these notes to a more readable format.
If you’ve agreed that your results will be measured in terms of products, such as reports written or customers signed up, then your main goal is obviously to get those done. (And if they have to be delivered in person, plan to get them done a day in advance of the deadline.) You and your boss may have also agreed on another system of sending progress reports.
However, we recommend that in your first weeks of teleworking, you also find informal ways to give interim news of your progress. Some of your most effective personal PR may be a casual phone call to your boss to talk strategy, or a newsy email with an account of a recent client lunch.