Working from home was one of those grass is always greener scenarios for me. It seemed like such a great thing...until I got to experience it everyday. I hated it. For about a year I worked from home and got lost in unstructured time, worked way too long every day and had totally unrealistic expectations of myself and what I could get done. Somehow the house was always a mess and there was never time to call people back. I read productivity books and blogs and tried implementing all kinds of systems to help me along, but nothing seemed to kill the feeling that I just wasn't getting enough done (a feeling that I've probably always had). Oh yeah, and I felt lonely, a lot. Lunch dates would help, but that made me feel guilty too. The bottom line is that I rarely enjoyed the freedom that working from home can offer. Now that my schedule has shifted and I've only been spending an average of one day a week working from home (including today) all I can say it that I finally can appreciate it. And here's why:
For one thing it's tempered with being busy and out and about the rest of the week with structured work and a clear end of the workday. So now, I guess I'm giving myself permission to enjoy working from home because I know it's not forever.
10 Great Things About Working From Home:
1. Taking a Bath at Lunchtime
2. Raiding the Fridge whenever I want
3. Being able to hit up Trader Joes or Target in the middle of the day
4. Working in Pajamas (which I did today for the first time, until I had to go to the dentist)
5. Not commuting anywhere, especially in the rain
6. Making lunch at home (and being able to put a roast in the oven in time to eat before 10pm)
7. Making a mid day Yoga class
8. Getting to be alone for the day in semi stillness (and not coming home ragged and exhausted)
9. Getting to play whatever music I want
10. Janel inspired this one: Getting to hang out with my kitty.
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Image from Kim Has 6 Cats Fllickr