I don’t know if you have the same problem I have when I tell people I work from home. They all give me a funny look and immediately assume that it means that I don’t work at all, that I spend the entire day in my pajamas laying in bed and drinking tea or something.
This is such a terrible stereotype! Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that you don’t work. On the contrary, I work as much or maybe even more than people who work in an office.
I used to work in an office. Definitely, working from home gives you great advantages: you don’t have to suffer the driving to and from the office, you work at your own rhythm (you decide what your priorities are), you have more productive time than in an office, you can set up your working space (put on some music, distribute your stuff in a way that is easy for you, etc.) and you can decide your own schedule based on your day to day tasks.
Of course, this is not easy. You need to be able to concentrate and don’t get distracted by what happens around you. I’d recommend having your own personal, private space, where you can close the door and just work without interruptions. Of course, you also need to take breaks, and that is ok.
This is why it upsets me when clients ask me if I can do a last minute project on a weekend. My weekends are dedicated to my family, running errands and chores. Some times I feel like they don’t understand that even though I work from home, I do work all week long and I also look forward to having a free weekend, just like everyone else. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll never work on weekends, if the right project comes along, the sacrifice is well worth it.
What do you think about this? I’d love to hear your comments.
Have a wonderful day!