A lot of people decide to work at home because of its many advantages. But I bet no one told you it’s gonna be this way.
I have no idea with what I am doing
There are times where you will start your day staring at a blank wall, contemplating on the things you have to do with work. Other times, you will encounter situations where you have to perform steps or procedures you are not very familiar with. It is not uncommon for people who work at home to experience this.
It is very important to remember that communication with colleagues is the key; and one of the perks when working at home is that communication will never be compromised due to the available ways of doing so online. Support is always made available for people who work remotely. Never shy away from asking.
Family time is still different from work time
When people decide to work at home, their immediate reason is they want to take care of their kids at home. Although not impossible, this is not as easy as it seems. No matter how simple your work tasks are, it is important to remember that all jobs (even as simple as blogging) needs enough time in a quiet and productive working environment. However, what working at home provides is the flexibility of having a better schedule that will allow you to do so.
Use the time-flexibility working at home provides by scheduling work around the time where you can get most things done. Even if you will be needing time for work, it is undeniable that working at home can still bring your family closer.
Your dishes might still be waiting
Everyone thinks that working at home will give them more time to organize and do more housework. Even if you save more time on commuting, people use this time more efficiently, either for working or spending it with family. It is also not impossible to make more mess cause you are spending more time at home.
Including house chores in your schedule is not that bad of an idea. It’s either that, or you should probably drop the idea that you will have a more organized home and you should probably be more comfortable with the mess you make.
It’s hard to be motivated
Working at home is easier said than done. If you are like me, I need a lot of self-motivation to get things done at home. There’s a lot of distractions and keeping focus can be a chore on its own.
Now that you have more freedom to either walk to your computer or walk to the fridge, you might come to a conclusion that you are not naturally a self-motivated person. A lot of mental effort is needed to keep yourself on track. But constant scheduling and reminders will always help in times like this.
Underwear will be your favorite work attire.
When you have to a video meeting, the most important thing to remember is to look decent from the waist up. I like wearing my undies when I work at home. This is completely fine and I will never complain about it. Now jeans are for going out and I don’t need to spend that much money on clothes. No more itchy dress shirts or slacks for work, and I am loving every second of it.