It’s always been a dream of mine to work from home. As someone who has been commuting to work for the past 15 years, the idea of sliding on some slippers and strolling into my kitchen for coffee seems like a dream commute. It doesn’t end there: No packed lunches, no stopping for gas, and much (MUCH) nicer bathrooms.
Working from home has always been a dream of mine and now I’m finally actualizing it. One thing I’ve discovered along my journey is that working from home means more “working” and less “home.” It’s easy to get sidetracked with that chore that still needs to be done or this errand that still needs to be run, but it’s important to constantly remember that I am on the clock. Just because my puppy is pawing at my leg to play, doesn’t mean I can.
Time management is such a key factor in deciding whether someone even can work from home. I thought I was a planner, but now that I have to do everything myself, I’m planning way more than I ever did before. I’ve taken on daily goals and weekly goals in addition to the monthly and yearly that I already had. I’m scheduling times to take a break and walk outside, even “clocking out” for lunch where I put all work aside for an hour in the middle of the day.
Currently, COVID-19 is taking havoc on the world and having a profound impact on how work gets done on a day to day basis. Who’s to say whether it will have a longstanding effect on how we work from the future, but I think it’s safe to say that more people are getting accustomed to working from home and, in many industries, it may very well become the new normal.
I’d like to hear from you. What are your experiences working from home? Are you scared about the future or excited about the opportunities?
“Being self-employed means you work 12 hours a day for yourself so you don’t have to work 8 hours a day for someone else.” – Oliver Markus Malloy