Since my 4 year work anniversary is coming up, I have been doing a lot of thinking about my job and how I feel about working from home. Before I started this company I considered myself a social butterfly, so the change from working with a lot of people to working alone was a rather drastic one. I loved going into an office, chatting with my co-workers and taking lunch breaks with other people. However I didn’t much like the constant interruptions, having to sit inside all day long and saving up days off only to get a few days off a year. What I have come to realize is that there are pros and cons to each working environment, but once you finds ways to deal with each con work can be fun again!
More Productive Days
When I began working from home I noticed that I began to be more productive. I was able to start working whenever I wanted, stop whenever I wanted and do things more on my own schedule. This is especially true when I have really tired days. I am able to take a quick nap and then get right back to it, feeling refreshed and ready to go rather than struggle through the last few hours of work by drinking more cups of coffee.
Finding Social Outlets
It feels like I always get asked if I miss working with others while working from home. My answer is yes, but what I have realized is that I had to find ways to interact with others so I didn’t get too lonely. I would work with other people on projects, work remotely from coffee shops, out on my deck, or even with my dad who also works from home. It gets easier to work alone if you can find outlets.
One of the greatest benefits of working from home is that you get to work from anywhere. You can work outside on nice days, you can work from coffee houses, beaches or even on vacations. Working from home means not having to be chained to a desk under fluorescent lights, sitting in uncomfortable chairs. Instead you are able to work from wherever you are calling your office that day.
No More Asking For Time Off
When I would work from an office I noticed that it was hard to get time off, even if I were sick. Luckily I don’t get sick very often, but when I would wake up feeling under the weather I would have to lay there and make sure I had sick days left and if not I would drag my butt out of bed only to sit in the office feeling horrible and possibly infecting others. When you work from home you are able to sleep in a little bit longer, work in your sweats from your bed and get your to-do list done from the comfort of your own home. Plus you aren’t exposed to as many germs so you wind up getting sick less!
What Is Important:
It’s easy to wake up and work, work at night, work on the weekends, etc. It gets more and more difficult to not see a difference between work and play. The important thing to remember is that there are certain times when you have to put the computer away and focus on your home life. Set a time to start and end work and try to stick to it as much as possible. As with any job there will be days where you need to work early or stay late, but trying to set time limits will make it so the time you spend relaxing at home doesn’t make you feel guilty for not working.
Finding A Balance
Remember that although you’re working from home, you should not let your wardrobe or home go awry. Working from home is all about finding a balance between work, exercise, keeping your house clean and proper hygiene. It’s important to carve out some time each day for yourself, friends and family. I always take time to work out, take a 30 minute computer break to eat lunch, and stay away from sweats as much as possible. I guess for me, getting into a routine of being lazy, not showering and staying in your pajamas all day would become a habit and not a good one.
What do you think? Do you work from home or know someone who does? How do they stay sane and keep a healthy balance between home and work life?