Working from home, how it really is

I have been working from home for the last 5 years. I have worked in the same company, but in different positions.

I always hear: it would be awesome to be able to work from home, you can work from whatever place you like, you can take vacationd whenever you like, it is great, and so on.

The truth is, working from home has a lot of advantages, but is also has some disadvantages.

Here are some facts about working from home:

  • You don’t really travel the world. Yes, you can work from where ever you want, but the truth is you really work mostly from home or a coffee shop. I know I could travel the world or work from the beach, but I really don’t do it. Most of the time I work at my desk at home or at the couch. I guess when it is your daily job, you don’t see yourself doing it while being in an adventure through the world, or maybe it is just me.
  • Routine is vital, and also really hard to get. When you have a regular office job, you have to develop a routine, to get to the office in time, meetings, lunch, etc. But when you’re working from home it is harder to develop a routine, you have to set your own rules and follow them (the most difficult part). Although following a routine may be difficult, it is very important to stay healthy and productive. You can work without a routine for a while, but after some time, it starts to get really messy. You are less productive and life feels chaotic.
  • It can get lonely. Sometimes it is awesome to work on your own, but it can also get really lonely. Sometimes you miss just saying hello or actually talking to someone face to face.
  • Getting dressed seems pointless. Don’t get me wrong, is not like I work naked. But it is hard to get out of your pijamas when nobody is going to see you. I have read a lot about the importance of getting dressed even when you work from home. I try it as much as I can, but sometimes I just don’t feel like it.
  • Emails become so important! I have read a million times about not being all day checking your emails, but when they are your main way of communication, you have no other choice.
  • People don’t get your job is real. When you work from home, most people have a hard time to understand your job is as real as theirs and as important as theirs. Family and friends usually think you have a super flexible job and you can do whatever you want, whenever you want.
  • Social networks are important. When you go to an office everyday and get to chat with people, even if it just small talk, you’re still socializing. When you work from home, you don’t get that. For me, social networks have somehow help me feel like I’m still part of society. I take a few breaks and just check Facebook, just to interact and fill up those social needs we all have.
  • Time outside your home is much appreciated. My husband usually gets tired from work and just wants to chill at home. For me, it is very different, I spend all my day at home, I need to go out and take a break from home.
  • You need tons of discipline and willpower. Since nobody is watching your every move, you need a lot of discipline to stay in track.

Working from home is just like any other job, with ups and downs, good and bad, it is just a matter of finding the right balance.