I used to fantasize about working from home. I really do, but it changed when I started working from home. It is far different from what I pictured and read. I cannot think of a reason why we are not allowed to go home to our provinces and work from there. I assume that the province is safer than the city.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what it is like to work from home. If you can remember my post, Why Work from Home is Not for Me. I have mentioned 4 reasons why it is not for me.
Today, I am sharing why I am loving it, after months of settling into my home-office set-up and new routines of working from home.
What is it about working from home that I am so taken with it right now?
I am more rested. I do not have to get out of bed early to pack my lunch and get ready for work. I can spend less time getting ready for work. 35 minutes is plenty of time already.
15 minutes (shower and getting dressed), 2 minutes (setting-up workspace), 18 minutes (preparing breakfast and coffee)
I can sneak out and tend to personal business, like picking up my groceries, cooking my meal while attending a meeting, or chatting with my nephew.
I can listen to loud music, use my headsets, and sing my heart out without worrying about anyone being disturbed. I do not mind them (my neighbors) anyway. They do not mind me either.
I can focus on one task at a time. There is a less chance of distraction. No more unimportant meetings and interruptions from coworkers. Kidding! Read: How to Stay Focused
The weather does not prevent me from working except when I am really under the weather.
I can talk freely to myself. Hello, me! How is it going? You know how much I love talking to myself. We disagree most of the time. It is totally normal btw.
I have the option of taking a midday break, aka power nap. The reason why I am unable to respond to your messages immediately during midday. That can wait till 1 pm, right?
I can work on whatever clothes I decide to wear. Except for times when I need to attend meetings that need to have the camera turned on. Nothing like that seems to have happened as far as I remember.
I can either work in my bed, in my home-office set-up, or elsewhere in my apartment.
Everything I need is within reach, including food and drinks.
I do not have to be sneaky anymore whenever I use the comfort room.
No more office dramas and politics. Although, I miss office conversations sometimes.
I do not get swayed by trying out a new drink or restaurant. I stick to what I already prepared for lunch and snacks.
I can have my dance breaks instead of the normal stretching that I do in the office.
And most of all, by staying and working from home, I am safe from communicable diseases (not just Covid-19) and getting sick will be far less common.
What do you like best about working from home?