In the past few months, we’ve seen the entire world move from traditional working environments to working remotely and that hasn’t really been as smooth of a transition as previously anticipated.
There are certain things you forget about when work from your home and sometimes that can backfires in the most hilarious ways imaginable.
Jokes aside, working from home can have its downsides as well, things you might not really anticipate and can sneak up on you. Here are just some of these cons:
The downsides of working from home
Most people might shrug off this aspect and tell themselves “I like being alone”, “I’m more productive alone” but when it happens for a prolonged period of time it can get quite lonesome. I’ve been working remotely for the past 12 years and while living “the dream” of working remotely and was diving into the many projects I was going on without seeing anyone for days at a time. It has gotten to a point where I had to schedule social outings just to break the cycle.
Time did pass and as I continue to work from home, that aspect has changed dramatically. I now have a wife, a kid, and a dog, which all brings me to the next point I want to make: the constant distractions.
While your spouse may be able to understand your situation and give you the much-needed space to work, your child, pets, neighbors, random ice-cream truck that goes by might have a different idea altogether.
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These all can be quite damaging to your work process and can leave you unproductive and with a severe lack of motivation.
Alright, this one can be either a pro or a con depending on how you are as a person. I’ve always been one to dive headfirst into my work, I love what I do so I often find myself looking out in the distance thinking how to navigate whatever problem I had going at work. Even after I was home with my family.
But what happens when your work happens in the same place where you’re supposed to be completely disconnected, how do you make that disconnect when your office is just 15 feet away at all times? I’ve spent years trying to come up with a good strategy to get over this hurdle and it wasn’t easy. It involves setting clear boundaries on your work schedule and needs a lot of focus separating the two, but it can be done.
These are just a few of the cons of working remotely and everyone’s experience will be vastly different but it’s not all bad. In fact, there are A LOT of pros of working remotely.
The benefits of working from home
We’ve had movies about it, we have a whole holiday revolving around it, independence is awesome. Working from home provides the space for you to manage your time more effectively. Think about it, there’s no commute, no more waking up at odd hours of the night just to make sure you catch the bus, no more running through rain, hail, or scorching heat. You are only a few feet away from your office and, the best part, pants are optional.
Regardless if you have to pay for your own office or work hub or get to work in a big office provided by the company, you’ll incur some expenses that are inevitable, like gas money or transportation fees. Buy food for lunch is also more expensive than eating at home even if you still buy the food, to begin with.
These expenses add up quickly and it can hurt your finances if you don’t pay attention. Let me put it this way, spending $20 for lunch + transportation each day will amount to $400 a month and almost $5k a year. Now, this doesn’t even include carn insurance, car payments, parking, etc.
This might depend on your particular environment but usually working from home is linked to a more productive employee and forces you to be more resilient, to find solutions to problems faster than you would if you were working in a traditional office.
Also since there are no colleagues to ask questions, gossip, or perhaps loud printers or other machinery, you’ll probably find it easier to work from the comfort of your home.
Like I’ve said, this is dependent on your particular environment and I feel like this is the perfect segway to our next section about what it takes to have a good working environment at home.
Tips and tricks for a great home office
This section in itself could be a standalone article but I’ll try to summarize it as best as I can.
Get an office space
Designate a little corner space in your house as your workspace. The idea of grabbing your laptop and working beside the pool might sound romantic but in reality, that doesn’t really work as most often than not you’ll need some peace and quiet to focus, have your charger next to you, and, based on the type of work you do, might require something like a notepad, books for research, etc.
Peace and quiet
You’ll want to find that room in your house that’s separated from most distractions, noise, pets, and kids. It’s crucial to have a room where you can sit down and focus for at least 60 minutes without having anyone or anything distract you.
Keep it clean
Having a messy workspace is not only going to make you lose focus but it can become a hazard for your health as your mouse can keyboard can easily be a host for many bacteria. I can’t stress this enough, your desk needs to not only be clean, but it also needs to be sanitized.
Another reason to keep your workspace clean is stress. A messy, unorganized environment will cause a lot of stress and anxiety and that’s something you really don’t need. Do away with those piles of paper lying around, throw away that 5-year-old calendar, and find a cable management solution.
Nooka, the best home office solution
After talking about the many pros and cons of working from your home I naturally get to Nooka, the most comfortable solution to your problem. It comes out of the box with a clean a simple desk, a comfortable chair, an efficient AC unit, and a more than capable connection that’s ready to deal with everything you throw at it