The Builder and I have been a little cheeky and shared the things that drive me crazy about working with The Builder, and he shared the couple of things he finds frustrating about working with Me 🙂 I was contacted over Christmas by a regular reader who was convinced that working from home must be the best thing ever. Sure it can be, but it can also be very distracting.
Working From Home – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
There are many amazing points about working from home, the ability to slip downstairs and pop on a load of washing, working in your pj’s if you wish. Being able to take a break when you need instead of when your are instructed, nothing beats taking your lunch break in your own backyard, especially when you actually love your backyard! How about whipping up a batch of cookies on your lunch break and being able to take them out an hour later. The very best benefit for us, with a large family of 5 kids, is the freedom to work when suits me. For example, if one of the children has a sports day, I can usually attend the sports day, and will just have to get my work done in between 4am and 7am, and get back to it after they have settled in for the evening. When they are sick, I can be by their sides and work all the way through.
Having the ability to slip downstairs and pop a load of washing on, generally leads to DISTRACTION as then I might notice that one of the kids forgot to make their bed, or when hanging out the washing I notice that the garden needs to be watered. Some days my work day gets delayed for hours. Because I work from home, friends and neighbours tend to forget that I actually have a job, one that needs to get done, and I can be persuaded to stop for a coffee, swing by a cafe for lunch, or talk over the fence for an hour or two 🙂 (see what I did there, it’s all about those friends and neighbours and not my own lack of willpower 🙂 Don’t tell the Builder)
In this case it’s the really ugly, I’m really good at rushing around in the morning getting the kids off to school and The Builder out the door for work, however before I know it, it’s time to start work, I’ve not showered after bootcamp, my hair is rarely done and active wear is the new office norm. All well and good until The Builder forgets to tell you a rep is on their way around or a client drops by. I have shocked more than one delivery man, poor buggers. The worst of it is not being able to escape the office, it’s here in my home. If we have a bad day at work, it effects our home life as well. It doesn’t matter how hard we try, this is one that is difficult to escape. When you leave the office for the day, you usually get to leave it behind, with a home office, when you wake at 2am remembering that one thing you forgot to do, it’s really hard to switch off and not get up and go to the office and just do it.
All in all, working from home is a gift for our busy family. We have thrown around the idea of renting an office space on more than one occasion, but for us, we just don’t think it would work. I am happy to take the good with the bad, so long as the delivery guys don’t start complaining. 🙂
Have you ever worked from home? How did you find it? Been caught out in your PJs?
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