Working from home, as I’ve said on several occasions, is amazing AND challenging. It’s never just one or the other. Part of the challenge in it involves the expectations the world has placed onto us.
I’ll go into these thoughts in this article but I’d love for you work from home novices and veterans to let me know what you thought about working from home before and after you got started in the comments!
Reality: This is technically true, we could do this. But as I’ve talked about in my “how to” post on going from distracted to productive, having a schedule is the most important thing a remote worker can do, so most seasoned workers don’t do this.
Reality: No, we can’t. It may technically be easier to leave “the office” since in most cases we don’t have to clear it with a boss, but that doesn’t make it any less disruptive to our work day. Usually we have to sign back into work when we get home, no matter the time.
Reality: Not unless we are as sick as a dog! (Although I am guilty of occasionally working from my couch.) No one gets work done from their bed, unless their goal is to browse social media and double tap Instagram photos. It is SO important to designate a space in your house, specifically for a home office. This will keep you on track throughout the day!
Reality: We’ve all heard it — “But you work from home, that’s great.” Just because we were lucky and resourceful enough to have pursued a career from home, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a right to complain about our job from time to time. All work is difficult, no matter the location.
Sound off in the comments! What expectations did you have when you were gearing up to start a work from home career?