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Working From Home – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Working From Home – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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.

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Working From Home – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good…….

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.

The Bad….

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)

The Ugly……

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?

Nicole xxx

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  1. As fellow work from home girl, I hear all that!
    Minus the boot camp …

    Actually, I do tend to shower and do my hair. I do like to “turn up” to work every day from a getting dressed point of view. But it’s easy to get distracted by the household chores and when the kids are on school holidays, forget it. I end up on holidays too. For some reason I find it hard to work when others are in the house. I need to work on that

    1. I really dislike school holidays, however now that the kids are older, we have developed a routine that means I can work on a bit of a schedule and then their reward is a trip out of the house, movies, skate park etc. 🙂

  2. The distraction is a big problem. I only work one day from home (the rest of my hours are around my other job) and I can procrastinate for hours if I allow myself.

    1. You’ve nailed it Natalie, ‘if I allow myself’, and that’s where I fall down, I allow myself all the time! 🙂

  3. I can imagine it would be hard in that you never escape the office, especially after a bad day and there’s no real downtime. I think some of those good points definitely make up for the negative though x

    1. Flexibility is king for us, so the bad points we have to take with a grain of salt. xx

  4. Lots of good things, but I do miss the ‘office’ interaction and being a ‘grown up’ swanning about the city all dressed up….

    1. Absolutely! I try to get out to site as often as possible, it helps a little. xx

  5. I would love the flexibility but I imagine it’s not as flexible as I think it is! Though having my own coffee machine at work would be a bonus 🙂

    1. The coffee machine is a real bonus, as is a fresh made lunch each day 🙂

  6. Working from home certainly has both it’s good and bad points, I find ‘turning’ off to be one of the hardest things to do.

    1. I agree Lauren, so difficult to turn off. We try to have a rule of no talking about work and shutting the office door, which helps hubby, but my office is in the kitchen, so it’s hard to get away 🙂

    2. I agree Lauren, so difficult to turn off. We try to have a rule of no talking about work and shutting the office door, which helps hubby, but my office is in the kitchen, so it’s hard to get away 🙂

  7. I can relate to all – the good, the bad, and the ugly!! I would add to the bad – sometimes it can get a bit lonely. I do miss the office interactions with work colleagues a bit, however overall the good outweighs the bad and the ugly I would say! 🙂

    1. Lonely yes! I do really enjoy the days that The Builder is working in the office as well, a little company is good for the soul. Working together and from home can certainly become very insulated as well, I miss the social side of working outside of the home. xx

  8. Can I say ditto. Distraction and procrastination are the worst parts for me. Working from home is harder if you are not a self discipline person. If I went to an office and studio I would focus better but cannot justify the expense right now.

    1. Totally agree! A huge expense for something that is working just fine from home. Working on my discipline is top of my list for this year 🙂

  9. When Dh started his business I was very keen for him to work away from home. I knew he would get too distracted and I would inevitably get sucked into his vortex. He found a small shop and has moved twice in the last 10 years as his business grew. And because he’s the boss he has the flexibility of being able to come home or run about for the kids if necessary. All he needs is some forewarning. It’s like the best of both worlds for us.

    1. Sounds like the perfect situation for you. I do wonder if having an external office would be better for our family, however I am not sure I would have the flexibility that we need at this stage of life, for example getting up and working at 4am. 🙂

  10. I work from home one day a week and it’s great! I’m not sure I’d want to do it every day though. I like going into the office as well.

    1. A balance of the 2 would be great! 🙂

  11. I hear you Nicole! I have shocked so many delivery men it’s not funny. Most days I make an effort to get dressed rather than work in my pjs but distraction is definitely a problem, especially when the washing basket and sink are both overflowing. I think we tend to have an idealised notion of what working from home is like. Having said that I love the flexibility so I wouldn’t have it any other way right now.

    1. Perfectly put! This most definitely suits our family right now, who knows what the future will bring for us 🙂

  12. I work from home one day, and also have one day off a week. It’s a pretty good mix as I do enjoy time in the office (well not every day) and then I have the easier day when I don’t have to dress up and can be flexible with the kids. I do tend to eat into that day with home and other stuff and end up making up some time on my official day off. But that works ok.

    1. It’s all about finding that balance isn’t it. For us, I’m not sure we quite have it, but we are very close. xx

  13. Working from home would be ideal for me I think. Mostly because I’m an introvert and too much time with other people tends to leave me depleted when it comes to my own family.
    Having said that, I understand some of your frustrations. I study at home and some people think that means I’m free during the day. No, it really doesn’t.

    1. No really not free either, try the weekend, but only if I wasn’t distracted during the week 🙂 Thanks for dropping by xx

  14. Oh I hear you! I’ve been doing it for about 3.5 years and love the flexibility it gives me but gosh it’s hard to turn off and not get distracted!

    1. Sure is! Especially when the kids are home! xx

  15. I worked from home for a couple of years and loved. My number one rule was ” no elastic waist pants” otherwise I would have stayed in gym gear all day. The bit I liked the best was that I could get household stuff done inbetween work which meant that weekends weren’t just about loads of laundry and supermarket shopping. I’m also a bit of a loner, which definitely helped.

    1. As of this morning, I have adopted your “no elastic waist pants” rule with gutso! Take an extra 10 minutes to have a shower, pop on a dress and a little make up to help me get in the game 🙂

  16. After my partner had 3 weeks off over Christmas I don’t think I could work at home with him. Plus my procrastination gene is strong lol!

    1. Ha ha ha ha! I can relate!

  17. I am really one for routine and pressure so don’t think I would do well working at home. I envy those that can!

    1. It’s not easy to have a routine at home, in fact I think if I could be stricter with my own, I would spend far less time daydreaming 🙂

  18. My husband & I ideally both want to work for ourselves in the long term. For him, it’s because no employer will hire with health conditions, for me, it’s that I’ve done a long commute for a long time and I don’t want that any more! I do think we need a bigger house for personal space if we were to work at home though. Or at least a better designed house.

    1. Space is a MUST! On the days The Builder and I work together, I will have a separate lunch break, or we will work in different rooms. It’s taken a lot of practice to keep the work and relationship somewhat separate. x

  19. OMG, so much yes. It is such a double-edged sword and the thing I really miss is the camaraderie of being in an office. It gets very lonely working from home. I miss the smoko breaks and the banter and the gossip and the spontaneous stuff that happens when you work with a diverse group of people. Sigh.

  20. Love this so much! When I started working from home, I had grand ideas of how I would “turn up” for work at the dining room table with the same flair and panache (and I say that with my tongue firmly in my cheek) as when I went to work in an office. The reality is that depending on what time I go to the gym, I spend most of the day in either my gym clothes or my PJs and often without a bra (huzzah!) The hardest thing is staying on task. I get distracted. A lot. All the time, in fact! As much as I love being my own boss, sometimes, I miss the social side of being in an office!

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