I will talk a little bit about Covid-19 times. I know it seems like an old song, but it definitely changed our lives, and not all of it was actually bad. A lot of things I actually love, like now you can order online, even your groceries, and save time and gas. As well, working from home became a thing. Companies realized it is way cheaper for them to have a lot of positions that do all work at the computer and change it to magic "Work From Home" positions. And just like that, working from home has become increasingly popular not just for business owners and entrepreneurs but for other people, too. I myself while still working as CAM after Covid never returned to a full-time office job, and now with my new role, completely work from home. While working from home has many benefits, it also has some potential drawbacks. Now, life coaching has become popular to keep all these people on track. So let's look at all these pros and cons and if you are planning to switch to work from home to decide if it is even for you.
Benefits of working from home
Increased flexibility: One of the biggest benefits of working from home is the increased flexibility it offers. We can work when we are most productive and can take breaks when we need them. This can lead to better work-life balance and reduced stress levels. We even can take our work on the road and go travel, so why not? just pick the time you work and enjoy the rest in your next destination.
Reduced commute time: Working from home eliminates the need to commute to work, which can save hours each week. This saved time can be used to sleep more, exercise, or spend time with family and friends.
Increased comfort: When employees work from home, they can work in the environment that is most comfortable for them. PJ's day on Friday if you want or every day if that is your thing. This can lead to increased productivity and satisfaction.
Reduced costs: Working from home can save money on transportation, maybe childcare (but I would not keep children at home if you want to have some work done :-) ), and other work-related expenses.
Drawbacks of working from home
Social isolation: One of the things that really stinks about working from home is that you might feel pretty isolated. When you work remotely, you might not chat with as many people as you would if you were in an office or workspace. This can be a big downer because you miss out on all the social perks of being around others. Feeling lonely and disconnected is a common side effect of this. And if you're used to only chatting with folks at work, losing that can lead to feeling pretty bummed out.
Reduced productivity: Oh I see a lot of that right now with my clients. Not everyone can be self-accountable and many work way better if they have an accountability partner or manager in the office next door. Some people may find it difficult to stay focused and productive when working from home. This can be due to distractions from family, pets, or other household chores ( This is a big one for me and probably for many women. There are always things to do around the house: cook, clean, do laundry, organize... you name it.)
Difficulty separating work and personal life: Hey, when we work from home, it can be tough to separate our work and personal lives. Sometimes we end up working way too much and feeling totally burnt out. And even when we're not working, we can't stop thinking about it all. It can feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done.
Lack of support: People who work from home may not have the same level of support from their bosses as they would if they worked in an office. This can make it difficult to get help with problems or to access resources.
Overall, working from home can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the individual. People who are self-motivated and disciplined are more likely to succeed in a work-from-home environment.
Here are some tips for making the most of working from home:
Create a dedicated workspace. This will help you to stay focused and productive. the best if that room has a door if you have family and kids running around.
Set boundaries with family and friends. Let them know when you are working and when you are not available.
Take breaks throughout the day. Get up and move around, or step outside for some fresh air, don't forget to eat too.
Stay connected with others. Make an effort to communicate with friends and try to meet new people. Local events are great for those.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are struggling with something, reaching out for help could be your first step to success. Life coaching can help with that.
If you are considering working from home, it is important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks carefully.
I know for business owners and entrepreneurs, it could be difficult to get a separate office outside of home, but maybe your closest coffee shop can do the trick.
Remember, I am here to help If you find yourself fighting the downfalls of working from home.