Let’s face it, working from home is great if you’re an introvert like I am. There was nothing more luxurious and comfortable to me than the thought of leaving my 9-5 office job and working from home, creating my own hours, and just doing what I wanted with my time. While I can still agree that there isn’t any other work lifestyle I would enjoy as much, there are a few aspects about working from home that I didn’t expect. It wasn’t until I started experiencing them for myself did I recognize that, no matter what, nothing will ever be ideal and you should always manage your expectations when it comes to finding the right path for you.
You Will Get Lazy
When you are your own boss and working within your own environment it will feel easy to skip out on doing everything you’re supposed to. I work well with external pressure, so when I started having to delegate to myself it became much harder to stick to my plans. I often found myself working from the couch rather than a comfortable desk setup and that didn’t do my motivation any favours. Working from home means controlling your own time and, unfortunately, there are still only 24 hours in a day—use them wisely!
You Will Get Lonely
I really didn’t expect to switch from a ‘I wish I was home’ mentality to one where I craved social interaction more than I ever had before in my life. Spending all your time with yourself can be quite draining at times and not having another person with a different perspective to bounce ideas off of can leave you stuck in a vacuum of anxious thoughts. It was only after I spent all day, every day working from home did I realize how important it is to see people, whether they be your friends or just in passing as you take a walk around your neighbourhood.
You Will Eat Out Of Boredom And Convenience
Seeing as you can now dictate your own hours in the comfort of your own home, there’ll be nothing stopping you from snacking uncontrollably throughout the day even if you aren’t hungry. I find that the more mental work I do, the hungrier I get and seeing as my kitchen and all my favourite foods are in reach, I often eat more than I need to. It comes down to being much more mindful of your habits throughout the day, especially if you are coming from a strict office environment where you could only leave for a few breaks here and there. It’s easy to get caught up in how accessible and convenient everything is, but after a while, you’ll get sick of it.
You Will Have Trouble Falling Asleep
After working for a few months out of my bedroom, at a desk that was right next to my bed, I could no longer fall asleep as easily as I could when I worked away from home. I associate this with the fact that my brain was having a hard time distinguishing between ‘work time’ and ‘relaxing time’ seeing as both were done within the same four walls. This was a tough one for me and definitely not something I expected going into the freelance lifestyle. Seeing as I had spent four years of my undergraduate degree writing essays in the same bedroom I didn’t think it would be all that different, but the biggest change was the fact that now I no longer needed to leave the house to go to class every day. I was home from morning to night and my sleep cycle was incredibly confused by it. The only advice I have for this is don’t work from bed unless you’re sick—it’ll make a world of difference.