There are so many misconceptions about working from home. People think you can slack on your work, sit and watch Netflix without anybody noticing. That you sit around in your PJ’s, in bed and just stare at your screen hoping that work will just sort itself out.
I’ve been working home for a couple of months now and wanted to address some myths that occur as a remote worker.
It’s Not A Real Job
I think a lot of people probably think I still on my arse all day and don’t actually do a lot. When in fact I do sit on my arse all day, but the main difference is I actually do a lot of work. I think the term working from home or working remotely is still seen as a quite new concept and because I don’t have a physical office to go to everyday, the idea of me being able to do my job from a desk in the corner of my living room doesn’t sit well with people. Maybe this is down to people’s disbelief that you can actually be productive in your home environment and they are potentially projecting how they themselves would not be able to concentrate on work at home – who knows? Either way at the end of the day, you can make a living by working remotely.
You Just Sit In Your PJ’s All Day In Bed
Nope, not me. I get up and get ready, as if I were to go into a “physical” office. I think it’s really important that I still maintain my normal habits of getting ready for the day. I say this, but I have had days where I’ve woken up late and skipped putting my makeup, but some days my skin can really benefit from being able to breathe. In a way I do see it as “putting on my uniform”, which mentally prepares me to start the day.
I think I would only be able to work in bed if I was really ill or something. Other than that, I don’t know how anyone could do it for a full day without any neck or back ache? If I worked from bed all day I wouldn’t be at my most productive, as to me the bed is where I sleep, not where I work – knowing me I would probably take a nap by accident. I previously mentioned that my office is located in my living room. Having a designated desk/area for my work in my flat helps me define between work and home life – so, at the end of the day, I can step away from my desk and straight into the kitchen to crack on with dinner, because food is life!
Everyone Can Work From Home
I must admit, it is an amazing perk, but it isn’t necessarily for everyone. Whilst my colleagues are a Slack message or call away, it can sometimes get quite lonely and there are times where I do miss having office banter. But this is not to say that I do get my human interaction. With my current role, I’m really lucky that I have lots of scheduled video chats with my team every week, so I do get to see their faces and interact with them, just in a different way. If you are someone who needs to be in an environment surrounded by people, then chances are working remotely like myself will not be an ideal fit for you, as you need to be able to work independently without having to rely on others. Another factor is you need to be really self-motivated and self-disciplined in managing your time, as it can be easy to get distracted by things going on in your household.
You’ll have more spare time working from home
This is very much true. I don’t have to commute far to work anymore, which is great as I used to commute an hour – an hour and a half each way in my old jobs. So yes I would say that I do get more time to myself, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that I do anything productive with that additional time – probably should. If anything, I can always get a good 8 hours sleep now, which is always nice!
You can get on top of all your household chores
Despite always being at home, it doesn’t mean that I actually to get to spend any more time cleaning my flat. In fact, it gets dirtier, meaning I need to spend more time cleaning up after myself as I’m constantly making myself drinks and snacks throughout the day. But I suppose with the less time I spend on commuting, it means I have more dedicated time to cleaning up after myself.
So those were my 5 myths about working from home. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you have any questions what it is like working from home, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Or feel free to add your own perspective on this subject, as I know not every home worker will feel the same as me! 🙂