Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Working From Home: Pros & Cons



In September I left a job that was making me really unhappy and I now have a job that I love. My new job requires me to work from home, something that I had never done before. Working from home definitely has its pros and cons so I thought I would share them with you.

Pros:

1. Listening to music: I love to listen to music while working and I find that it really helps me focus. While working from home you can listen to whatever music you want, whenever. Normally I listen to some Radio 1 in the morning and then my Spotify playlists. The best thing about using Spotify on my Chromebook is that I can Chromecast my music to the TV! I have also had Taylor Swift's album, 1989, on repeat since it came out.

2. Save money: when I used to work at my old job I would spend a ridiculous amount of money weekly on my lunch. Working from home means I can throw something together in the kitchen which is cheaper and also healthier. Another money saver is not being able to window browse after work...although there is online shopping which can sometimes be a little bit tempting.

3. Own workplace: I currently don't have an office but I have made a little work nook for myself in the living-room which is nice.

4. Mange your time: this could be a con as well as you HAVE to be able to manage your time well. I bought an academic diary which starts mid 2014 and ends mid 2015. I write everything that I have to do in my diary and tick it off once it is done. Another pro of managing time is deciding when you start work. I no longer have to get up at 5am and instead wake up around 8am, eat breakfast and get ready for the day.

5. Working from anywhere: 2014 has been the year of travel for me. I am travelling to Paris this Sunday for a week and Frankfurt in the beginning of December for a couple of days. As long as I take my laptop with me I am able to work from anywhere so travelling isn't an issue. I love not having to request time off to travel. I use both a Chromebook and Sony Vaio. The Chromebook is smaller and lighter making it easier to take places.

6. Keeping up with housework: I put the washing machine on, run the dishwasher and do a quick clean mostly every morning. It's great being able to keep on top of things and not come home to a messy house after work.

Cons

1. The social aspect: working from home can get a bit lonely sometimes. Everywhere I have worked before I have constantly been surrounded by a team of people. Occasionally I meet Dan or friends for lunch or coffee so I don't go stir-crazy!

2. Distractions: working from home is not easy if you're the type of person who gets easily distracted. It is amazing the things you will find to distract yourself with. I have started taking time out to exercise as I'm less likely to get distracted if I break up my day.

3. Being self motivated: typically I am a very self-motivated person however I have bad days and sometimes have to force myself to be motivated. When you work from home there's no one else around to encourage you so you have to do it yourself.

4. Finding time to blog:  after I have been working sometimes the last thing I want to do is write a blog post for the next day. I have learnt to start planning my blog posts in advance. I normally write up a few in one night and then schedule them for throughout the week. I also started using Buffer to schedule tweets about my new blog posts.

As you can see the pros outweigh the cons for me. If you work from home what's your favourite and least favourite things about it?

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