Whenever I tell people that I’m able to work from home they
usually always respond with a “Ugh! You’re so lucky!”. But in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “this isn’t that great!”. Don’t get me wrong. I love being able to wake up and get straight to work without fussing over my hair or doing my eyebrows. I also love not having to deal with office politics and playing guessing games with people’s emotions. I get to work, and I mean really work, without all the social distractions. That part is awesome! And that’s usually what people who work from home will tell you…..but there are a few other factors that aren’t so great, so consider this before making the switch from cubicle to home office.
I’ve let myself go
I wake up, brush my teeth, and get straight to work! I don’t bother looking cute anymore because no one sees me. That means I spend my days roaming my house in my pink Hello Kitty pajama pants with my hair tied in a scarf. You’re probably reading this thinking “what’s the problem?”. But I’m someone who likes getting dressed up and dolled up. It’s fun to play with my makeup and wear themed outfits but there’s no point if no one sees you!
You can call me shallow on this one. I’ll take it. Just this once!
I work more
Now that I’m home, I work from the moment I open my eyes until I pass out in front of my open laptop at night. When you work from home there’s no “leaving the office” because your home is your office, so the work/life balance gets blurred. I don’t mind this so much because I’m an internet busy-body always looking for something new to do, but it does get tiring.
No I don’t live alone. But I find myself home alone more often than not. I’m two states away from my family and friends, and a four hour plane ride away from my boyfriend. I don’t have kids or a dog or a husband so, as you can imagine, I get extremely lonely. That’s why I’m so active online. When there’s no one there to talk to, and I mean right there, it’s so easy for your thoughts to wander and spiral into a tornado of sadness.
Well, at least it is for me. So I need to interact with people somehow!
Working from home definitely isn’t awful, but it’s not all roses either and I just want to shine a little bit of truth on the glamorization of it all. If you’re someone who gets painfully lonely, or you’re an extrovert, or you get motivation from people around you consider some of the downsides and see if it’s something you can handle.
Do you work from home? What are some pros and cons that I missed?