I’ve been working from home as a freelance writer for about a year now. Some of that time was spent in my own apartment with my partner, some of that was back at home with my parents, and now I’m spending it in a new country with my partner and a roommate. Needless to say, all these changes in location have taught me a few important lessons about working from home and how the space you spend most—if not all—of your day in can affect your mental health. In today’s post I wanted to talk about a few of the pros and cons I’ve noticed when it comes to working from home. Obviously, these will be different for everyone so I’d love to hear others’ experiences on the matter as well.
You Make Your Own Schedule
After working a full-time office job I knew that I no longer wanted to spend my days in an environment that only rewarded a certain type of mindset and schedule. I wanted to be able to adjust my work hours to what suited me and not be worried if I have to take a day off in order to recover from a cold or other ailment. This is has been my favourite thing so far about working from home and has really changed my perspective on what it means to enjoy my personal life as well as my professional life without having to dread the Sunday night blues.
You Don’t Have To Pack A Lunch
I spent so much money on unhealthy food when I worked in an office because I just hated prepping my lunch and taking it with me on a long subway ride. Now that I work from home I don’t have to worry about finding enough plastic containers to hold my food and can actually prepare healthier lunches that don’t have to be microwaved. It’s also much easier making any mid-day grocery store trips if I ever do run out of ingredients.
You Are Accountable To Yourself
When I worked in retail and in my office job I really hated how much pressure there was to constantly be on the good side of management; going above and beyond with your work, but not really getting any praise or appreciation for it. Now, I am accountable to myself and my self-worth does not rely on someone else. The content I create is requested by clients, but it’s my words that are put on paper and my ideal schedule that doesn’t involve showing up first thing in the morning when I work my best later in the day. I’m the only person that is in control of whether or not I get my work done and I’m much more comfortable with that accountability being in my hands.
It Can Get Very Isolating
I am a huge introvert and, while it might seem perfect to be able to work from home, it can be quite isolating after a while. When I worked in an office I was forced to interact with other people on a daily basis and that made it much easier to make new friends and just be able to bounce ideas off of coworkers when I was feeling a bit stuck with my work. Now that I work alone, I tend to be in my own head a lot and can easily get lost in my own little world without being able to make those personal connections that every human needs to feel stable.
After A While It’s Hard To Separate Work From Home
When I lived back home with my parents for half of 2018, my work desk was stationed right next to my bed and that caused an issue with my sleeping habits after a while. My mind stopped associating my bedroom with relaxation and began associating it with my work and my office mentality, so I couldn’t sleep as easily as I used to. It is also difficult to really let go of work when I try and relax on an evening off because I tend to feel guilty that I’m lounging on the couch rather than at my desk finishing up articles with last minute edits.
It’s Easy To Lose Motivation If You Aren’t Careful
On the flip side, working from home also makes me less motivated because all the comforts of my bed and the entertainment of the internet are so close by. It’s so tempting to pop on a show for an hour or two rather than getting out some content instead and even working from bed when you just don’t feel like getting up. This is something I struggle with every day, but meditation has really helped me increase my focus and be able to control these urges that lead to a lack of motivation.