In our quest for the perfect life/work balance, more and more of us are trying the-work from home-option.
But does the day to day reality of working from home come anywhere close to what we dream of?
Here are my top 5 advantages and disadvantages of working from home.
- Being close to family-whether that is being able to look after young children or elderly relatives, there is nothing more comforting for me than knowing I am there when my family needs me.
- Reduced travel time-there is no need to commute every day for several hours.We all know how stressful commuting can be and taking that out of our daily routine can be very beneficial.
- Reduced costs-that is a combination of not having to pay for either childcare,travel, office space or other costs we might incur.
- Flexibility– being able to organise your day whichever way works best,whether that is working around the school runs,deliveries you might expect or any other appointments.
- Increased productivity-far away from the office distractions, we are able to work independently at our own pace, with more concentration-and therefore more is achieved during the working day.
- Feeling alone and isolated-with no one around most of the day to bounce ideas off or share the workload, we can, at times, feel isolated.Try to balance your day out by having client meetings, going to networking events or using social media.
- Not being able to separate work/home-housework, children, family responsibilities can often occupy part of our day so it is important to have a clear schedule and stick to it.
- Getting distracted-whilst productivity can improve when working from home, it is very easy to get distracted.Spending too much time on social media, getting caught up with home chores, etc can make us achieve less in our working day.”To Do” lists are an easy way to ensure our work tasks for the day are achieved.
- No stimulation-by lack of interaction with the office and co workers it is easy to have no stimulation and work can become a drag.Give yourself daily tasks to achieve and reward yourself when they are completed-coffee with a friend, earlier finishing time.
- Work never ends-we seem to work at 6 am, at 11 pm and so on.Our work day never seem to finish when working from home.Use a schedule and try your best to stick to it.Having some time off will put things into perspective and show you how much you have achieved already.
These are just some of the things I have experienced when working from home.My favourite help item is a “To Do” list-ticking things off is very satisfying.If you have any thoughts on working from home, or you would like to add more to the list, please get in touch.