I am about to change jobs. In my new job I will be working without logging time worked, and without looking at the clock as my new boss puts it. I will be allowed to work from home, when I desire, and of cause the work permits it. Basically I will be given free reign on how and when I work, I "just" have to complete the work I am assigned on time. I guess you in the US would call this a salaried job, without fixed office hours.
I have never worked under circumstances like this before. I have always had a job where I work a certain amount of hours a week, sometimes they are fixed hours every day and sometimes I could decide when to come in and when to go home. But the number of hours have always been a fixed amount a week.
I am really excited starting this new job, but I am also concerned on how to handle this added flexibility/responsibility. I like to work very effectively, and I know too well the feeling of having used up all my mental energy 6 hours into the working day, and just kind of watching the clock the last two hours before going home. I am so much looking forward to not having to do that.
So my question is, how do you best handle so much freedom in your working day? What should I be on the watch out for, both personally and professionally on a job under these conditions? How do I avoid working too much?