Staying true to my millennial tendencies, I'm someone who's not necessarily happy doing just one thing in life. I need change and enough of a difference in my physical as well as mental routine to stay vigilant, otherwise I get comfortable and complacent. I am currently working two jobs at the moment - content writing and retail. Both positions stimulate something different inside me and I appreciate having the opportunity to work from home for one and work alongside coworkers for the other. However, holding both these positions has taught me something that I knew I was going to have to face eventually as a freelance writer, but didn't realize how soon.
The notion that working from home isn't really work.
Some of my favourite bloggers such as From Roses and Daisybutter (being at-home writers themselves) have discussed this already and I thought I would add my own experience to really spread the message that when we work from home, we're actually working. When I decreased my hours at my retail position to begin in-office training for my content writing job I committed to 3 days there and the rest to writing. Once I told my retail management team that I was finally able to work from home (as in done training) I was met with the comment, "Great, now you can work for us every day!"
I'm sure it seems much easier and more glamorous to work from home writing, but it still requires some sort of mental focus, commitment and agility to actually meet deadlines and produce the best quality of work you can. Research and weekly Skype calls to check in on the progress of articles are often involved. Even though I'm not physically present somewhere, my mind is required to clock-in and clock-out like any "regular" job.
As digital nomadism begins to flourish as a career option less and less people in my age group seem to have this opinion, but it's definitely still out there and undoubtedly due to the perpetuated and antiquated notion that work isn't work unless you're absolutely miserable until the weekend arrives. This post isn't to bash anyone working an office job, but to bring some understanding to the fact that while they do well in that environment, others don't. Some people focus better completely alone and at hours outside of the traditional 9-5.
I hope you enjoyed my little PSA post. Do you work a remote position? Have you ever experienced this before?