Thursday, January 16, 2014

Working From Home: The Pros and Cons...

Yeah,  It doesn't look like this...
 I work from home. To some people, not having to leave the house early in the morning to head to the office would be a dream come true. Other's enjoy the hustle and bustle of an office environment and wouldn't have it any other way. I enjoy being at my house, but there are also a few draw backs. So, in case anyone is wondering what it's like, here are a few pros and cons to having your home base also be your place of employment...

First the Pros:
  • Sweatpants. Messy Hair. No Make up. It's wonderful.
  • I'm never late. Ever. I also don't have to put gas in my car nearly as much as I used to!
  • The dogs get taken out regularly. No getting locked up in a cage from 9 to 5, which they are very happy about!
  • My schedule is flexible. I take lunch whenever I want, have doctor's appointments whenever,  and take plenty of breaks to stretch out or get fresh air.
  • There is always fresh coffee and it can be whatever flavor I choose! And I don't have to share my flavored creamers with anyone!
  • Personal phone calls are no problem. I could take them all day if I wanted, although I wouldn't get much done.
  • Zero office drama. 
  • My work is always there. If I have to work late, it's no big deal, because I'm already home!
Now, for the Cons:
  • There's not a whole lot of human interaction. E-mails don't count. The T.V. in the background doesn't count. I usually take my lunch breaks alone, although sometimes I'll meet up with someone. 
  • The huge misconception that I have all of the free time in the world. Just because I can be more flexible doesn't mean I don't work. Working and life's other responsibilities are quite the balancing act, regardless of whether you commute or not!
  • Procrastination-When no one is watching me work, I tend to put things off until the last minute. I've improved a lot over the last year, but I still find myself letting things pile up a bit before I tackle them all at once!
  • When you're in you house a lot, it tends to get a little more "lived in" and sometimes messier! My office area is pretty much a war zone right now! Not to mention, my work seems to spread itself out into other rooms. I try to take a few minutes before bed every night to tidy things up and clean mostly on the weekends. 
  • Everyone's heard the advice about leaving work at work and how you shouldn't take your job home with you. I find it hard sometimes to stop working, especially when I've been really busy. Even though I can take plenty of breaks, usually I don't.
Overall, I'm happy with my little set up! It's not perfect, but it works for me! I wouldn't mind being in an office eventually, but for now I'll stick to my humble abode. 

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1 comment:

  1. Gah, I want to experience working from home too! The pros sound so good LOL my friend works from home right now and she says she's busier than ever! Anyway, do you mind if I ask where you found your job? :)