^ a very premature look at my workspace (this thing has ways to go!)
What do you imagine when you think of "working from home?" Does the vision of long days spent in pajamas and a laptop in bed come to mind? These past few months are the first time I've truly experienced working from home, day in and day out. At this point, I would say I've almost fully adapted to my situation and have learned what works and what doesn't for me. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on working from home, for better or for worse!
+ Getting dressed is not the hard part. For me, it's putting on a full face of makeup and finishing my hair. Admittedly, I don't put as much into my look as I would if I were headed into the office, but I do make sure to dress in clothes I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen in. I make an effort to feel pulled-together every day when my bottom hits the desk chair!
+ Having no commute is amazing in many ways, but there are pitfalls. I mean, does anyone actually enjoy sitting in traffic? No, but when a commute is part of your day, you have time to mentally prepare to go into work, and you have the ability to decompress from your day before you come home. Working at home blurs the line between start and end time for work. The no traffic part is lovely, but it's a struggle to mentally get into and out of my work day!
+ I am loving the freedom to cook hot food for lunch. I have always been a pack-a-cold-lunch girl at every job and internship I've held. When I began working from home, I was still making the same lunch I packed for the office in the past. One day I realized, hey! I can make hot food! This has been a glorious revelation that I am taking full advantage of.
+ Speaking of lunches, I have fallen into the habit of actually taking a break and watching one t.v. show during my lunch hour. It's a great way to chop up my work day, so that I don't feel like I'm glued to my seat like I used to feel when working in an office. I will admit, though, that there's always the temptation to keep watching t.v.! I haven't caved yet. Discipline is key here.
+ I'd like to say I get outside to stretch my legs and put fresh air in my lungs all the time, but the truth is that I don't. I would say I get out for a walk about once every 2-3 work days. I always intend to get out, but as the weather grows colder, I struggle to find the motivation. This is something I'm still working on, since I know it helps tremendously!
+ Having an "office space" in our apartment has made a huge difference for me. We own a desktop which is my work computer for the day. After 5pm, I avoid the desk/desktop like the plague. In our small apartment, I can't avoid this area all together at night, but avoiding using the desktop post work hours allows me to re-charge my battery.
Have you worked from home? Or do you now? What do you like/dislike about it?