When I mention to people that I work from home, I often get a mixed response.  There is clearly 2 camps… those that think it would be amazing (I guess they picture lounging around, feasting on home bakes and an endless supply of caramel latte), whilst the other don’t favour it, in fear of being easily distracted and not feeling ‘in the zone’.

There are certainly pros and cons to working from home and I’m going to try and remain as neutral as possible on summing these up:

Pros on Working From Home

You will never miss a delivery again – No more red cards from Royal Mail.

No commuting – To train delays, traffic jams or standing room only on the Tube.

No office rent to pay – Saving a fortune on renting or buying a commercial property.

Can be fully flexible as everything you need is there – If you need to work late or do something urgent, everything you need is right there.

You’re in control of the heating – I’m always cold, so I now don’t have to battle with the thermostat or sit with a scarf on.

Cons on Working From Home

Difficult to unwind – No evening commute to wind down your work brain.  Literally just a door to walk through and then you need to play ‘house’.

Unable to ‘get away’ – Much as having everything you need to do your job at home is a pro… it is also a con when it comes to getting away from work and I find myself doing more than I get paid for.

Lonely – There is no one to chat to.  I have worked in quite banter heavy offices in the past and I do miss that.

People judge you for it – Times have moved on and certainly more people work from home than before, especially in the digital sector.  But there is this archaic view that in order to be a success you need to have shiny commercial premises.

Lunchtime doesn’t happen – Lunchtime used to be something that you would look forward to.  A bit of ‘me’ time in a day of hectic work.  However, solo lunch breaks day in and day out are just a little ‘blah’, so I find I tend to ignore it and just work on.

Tips for Working From Home

Home and work life can tend to blend into one.  Especially if you don’t have an individual space to work in, so staying organised,  focused and ‘in the zone’ is key to being an effective home worker.  You can watch my You Tube video below for my top 3 office organisation tips (there’s even a competition over on my facebook page until the end of April ’17 to win one of the products shown in the video)

 

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2 Comments

  1. Yep I’m with you on that – working from home has always been the dream for me, especially since having kids but lots of people I mention it to don’t share the same feelings on it and look at me slightly horrified / worried when I say I work from home…

    I’m determined to take proper lunch breaks and am hoping it will be easier as we get closer to Sunday as I can’t take my laptop out to the garden 😉

  2. I love working from home. But not all the time. It’s good (and important) to catch up with colleagues face-to-face. So I favour a combination. However, you’re right that there’s still this stigma about working from home. People still judge work output on actually showing up to work and being seen, regardless of the output. I read somewhere that the standard 9 to 5 working day came about from the necessity of creating shifts for factory workers after the industrial revolution. If this is true, then it’s definitely an archaic system. I’m sure this will change eventually.

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