I spent today working from home because the Occupy DC protestors are causing a ruckus right around the neighborhood where my office is located.. storming buildings, running amuck, and all that jazz. I am lucky enough to have the freedom to work from home part-time, so I figured today would be a good day to take advantage of that option. You know, so my mom doesn’t have to text me every ten minutes asking if I’ve been pepper sprayed yet.
Anyways, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of the pros and cons of teleworking that I’ve come to learn since starting this job back in October.
In case it wasn’t obvious, there are some serious perks to this working from home thing, people.
- The ability to leisurely cook your meals at home, instead of eating out of a packed lunch or while rushing out the door.
Like having overnight oats for breakfast that you prepared.. well, half an hour before eating them. In sweats.
(Ps. that new peanut butter I bought is soooo good!)
I mean, that’s really one of my favorite things about working from home. I’ve mentioned it before, but I hate packing my lunch the night before for work. My future children are in trouble.
Sure you probably have to be available during certain hours, but if you want to get started checking on a project as soon as you roll out of bed, pre-shower, then you can do that.
- Squeezing in a workout during your lunch hour.
Today I even packed in a short Pilates class + 30 minutes on the ol’ elliptical, just because. It felt great to have a random, midday sweat session.
Yep. And there’s no one around to tell you that you smell.
- You can wear comfy clothes that include words like spandex and sweats on their label while sending super, duper important emails and participating in serious business calls.
This may not be a may or break item for you, but I’m serious. I am not a fan of office clothing in the least (I fare better in leggings and flipflops), so a day away from pencil skirts, blazers, and pointy high heels are occasionally a good thing. Heck, even wearing slippers is totally fine. It’s not like you’re video chatting, right? And if you are… well why is anyone viewing your feet while you’re talking?
Besides, what do you think news reporters are really wearing below the desk when they’re giving you breaking news? I know this stuff.
- Flexibility to travel and work from anywhere with a solid internet connection.
This is a big one for me, as someone who has family 3,000 miles away, and who has a long-distance boyfriend (for all of you new readers, he’s in the military stationed in Florida til this spring!). The ability to not take vacation days but still be able to get in the same city as loved ones during holidays, etc. is a wonderful thing!
Makes for a great work-life balance.
I have recently come to learn this about myself,but I thrive on rules and structure. I need someone to tell me what time to be in the office, and to actually have someplace to go every morning. Otherwise, I become a cavewoman.
I literally had to set a schedule for myself of what times I would be working and which days I was going into the office during the week. It’s made my life much more balanced!
- Knowing where to draw the line between home and work … aka when to put work to bed and end the work day.
Since your time is your own and you can work from anywhere, there can be a strong temptation to just keep working. The line gets blurry as to where the real work day stops and ends, and when to close the ol’ laptop for the night. It’s not healthy, in my opinion.
- Distractions > productivity
Sometimes, it’s hard to focus. You know, like when there’s the option of listening to Kelly Ripa babble in the background, and all those snacks in your kitchen cabinets, and hey, my carpet could sure use a quick vacuum, and plus I can throw a load of laundry in the wash real fast in between emails…. Catch my drift?
- Depending on your company/job, you’re always expected to be available and on call.
My company has been pretty great so far in this regard, but I could imagine it being a problem for others.
Speaking of productivity, back at it for me! 😀 Have a good night everyone!
Can you think of any other pros or cons of teleworking that I may have missed? Do you work from home ever?