The office sucks. Let’s face it. From Katie Crossfit preaching her favourite workout routines to Stan’s creepy stare, working from home can seem like an oasis.
You can play your own music, sit on your couch and you don’t even have to wear pants. What’s not to like?
But, what if I were to tell you there is a dark side to working from home? Maybe you’ve negotiated a day or two of home office and your thinking… “It’s time to start doing this full time”. Whooooa, hold up there tiger. Not so fast. Before you make any rash decisions, best you have all the facts.
1) You Will Get Lonely
As much as you may hate to admit it, you kind of like the banter in your office. Even the people you don’t like. Something about turning up each day and seeing the same dysfunctional family warms your heart (except maybe Stan…)
After spending too many days at home alone you may begin to go just a little crazy. The clock starts to tick really loud and you find yourself missing those small conversations about nothing in particular. If you’re not careful, you may even begin to miss hearing about Crossfit.
2) Staying Focused Can Be Hard
Just like going to the gym helps you to actually exercise, going to the office has a similar effect. When you start working from home, that “small break” can quickly turn into 3 full episodes of Game of Thrones and half a block of chocolate. Oops.
When you aren’t under the watchful eye of a boss, it’s easy to cut yourself some slack and find a valid reason that the house must absolutely positively be cleaned now. Working at home puts your self discipline under the microscope, and just like a black light in a motel, you might not like what you find.
3) Fridays Will Never Feel the Same
Ahh the Friday feeling. A full day of figurative foreplay before the weekend arrives! Anyone whose worked in an office before will know the feeling. Everyone is in a better mood and some companies even put on a couple of cheeky bevvies for the team. But for Wendy-Work-From-Home it’s a different story.
You will glide into the weekend without anywhere near the same enjoyment you once had. Partly because the chances are high that you still have “some work to do”. Freeing yourself from the shackles of the 9 to 5 comes with its own new challenges… knowing when to put the work away.
4) You Will Begin To Go Stir Crazy
After a long work day, you just want to go home and relax. But what if you are already at home? Sure the commute to and from your office sucks, but on the flip side, it makes you appreciate your home way more. The feeling you get when finally get home after a long day, dump your stuff on the floor and plop yourself on the couch is like no other.
A feeling that you simply don’t get when you work from home. Instead, you’ll find yourself finishing work with a compelling urge to leave the house.
So before you throw everything in for a life of home office, keep in mind what I’ve just shared. You’ve been warned!