Doesn’t it seem like anyone who has the opportunity to work from home is living the dream? I still think this, and I have been working from home for the past eight months. As with anything, it’s got it’s advantages and disadvantages. I start my new job tomorrow (excitement!), but there are some things I will definitely miss about working from the apartment.
1. The ability to start my day however I want to. It’s nice going to bed each evening knowing that I can sleep in a little if I need/want to. My normal routine has been wake up, work out, shower, see Shelton off, clean the apartment, and then sit down to start checking my email and working.
2. Making my own schedule and not directly answering to anyone. Now, sure I had a supervisor whom I reported to, but he wasn’t there looking over my shoulder, or walking by my workspace frequently to check up on me. Having the freedom to work on things as I wanted to was definitely awesome, and I think that it made my work better.
3. I also loved being able to leave in the middle of the day if I needed to to go to the post office or something else equally boring. But hey, for once it was nice to do chores like that without rushing to around town before everything closes and never really having to deal with long lines. If you’ve never been to the grocery store at 6 am, let me tell you you are missing out on the calmest shopping experience available. Try it.
4. Yoga pants. All day, every day. #nuffsaid
5. Making lunch/snacks easily throughout the day. Having access to my kitchen was a definite perk that I will miss. No hassle packing lunches or anything – it has been nice to take a break from that.
So, yeah, definitely some advantages to working at home that I will miss, and even typing them out now I feel a little sad, but not much. I can promise you that for each of these “pros” I can name a “con” that affected me specifically. I learned so much about myself over the past eight months, primarily that no matter how much I love the quiet of my apartment when I’m deep into a work project, nothing compares to how awesome it is to have work friends – someone you can lean over to right quick (in the middle of typing an email) and ask, “Yo, please tell me you saw Smash last night.” And then proceed to have a complete geek out sesh about how incredible Debra Messing is.
You just don’t get that when working from home. I mean Spuds is awesome but conversation with him only goes so far.
I also learned that while structure isn’t always fun, I personally need it. There were many days where I felt very aloof solely because there wasn’t someone I could immediately turn to and help out or brainstorm with. Plenty of days where I would continuously zone out and get off task because no one was no one present to keep me accountable.
And, even though it was so awesome to help establish the small agency I worked for in big, big ways, I am at a point in life where health benefits, vacation accrual, sick time, 401k and a steady income are increasingly more important than being able to work in my yoga pants everyday. (Does this mean I’m officially lame now? Oh well.) I need more resources to work with, to be able to save more money so that one day soon Shelton and I can by a house, provide for our family, go on a trip maybe. I feel more grown up than I ever have before and it’s seriously awesome. It’s time that I hold a job that is truly worthy of my status in life.
Also, I got over the perception that whatever job I have defines me. I am choosing to define myself, through being a good hand for an established company and also through my creative efforts right here. Sometimes I think we feel too much pressure to choose, when the truth is we can do many things – as many as we’d like to. There shouldn’t be a limit. I am certainly done limiting myself.
Boom! That’s all I have to say about that. Here’s to closing chapters and opening new ones. How do you feel about working from home? Do you wish you could? Or do you currently work from home and find that some of my pros and cons resonate with you? It’s a pretty personal thing, but one thing is for sure – you won’t really know how much you love it/hate it until you’re doing it.