I used to think that working from home was all about wearing your pajamas all day, eating cereal straight from the box, and resisting the urge to watch day time TV.
In my experience, that is far from the truth. Since I’ve started making choices in my career that allow me to work from home more, I’ve learned how life-changing it can be.
I’m so much happier, and here’s why:
Peace and quiet is good
I’m an extrovert and am usually one of the noisier people in the office. I’m energised by teamwork, and always like to be involved and contribute to discussions and tasks (come to think of it, this might actually be driving my colleagues a little crazy).
Because I’m extroverted, when I first started working from home I was worried I might be lonely. I experimented with playing the radio or listening to music, but now my preference is absolute silence. I find I am calmer, more focused and relaxed without all the background noise and distractions. I can be more mindful about my work, and I’m enjoying it more as a result.
Besides, I can always talk to the cat if I get lonely.
Working from home is healthier (at least for me)
On the days that I work from home it’s easier for me to find time for exercise. There’s a yoga studio near my house that runs Hatha classes at 10am. These mid-morning classes are so much more relaxed than trying to squeeze in exercise before work or during lunch-time. I just make sure I start
my work day nice and early (around 7.30am) so that I can take time off for yoga. As an added bonus the yoga studio is a ten-minute walk from home, so I also get some fresh air and vitamin D on the way. It really clears my head and I find I am more productive for the rest of the day.
I also eat better when I’m at home. We don’t usually have treats in the house (because, who can stay away from chocolate?) so mostly I end up having a salad for lunch. When I’m working from the office, I can always manage to find something that is delicious (but not as healthy) for lunch. Not to mention the cake and lollies that seem to be in ready supply in many work places!
I can “get stuff done”
Of course, it goes without saying that I get a lot of work done … but it’s also great to be able to attend to the chores that are part of being a grown up. Things like going to the dentist, arranging a grocery delivery, or collecting a parcel from the post office, all of which can be very tricky if you work full-time in the office. I guess I just feel a bit more organised than I used to.
Overall, I’m loving this new approach to work, and I feel lucky that I’m able to have the flexibility that is not necessarily possible for everyone.
I’d love to hear any of your tips on how to be happy and effective while working from home.