The World Begins The Great Adaptation

How to thrive while working from home

Edward Iftody
9 min readMar 26, 2020


The Great Adaptation — Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay

The Great Adaptation — working from home, rather than from the office — for an unknown amount of time …

Sweet! Working from home. Sounds awesome. No more commute, now I can work in my pajamas, start and finish work whenever I like.

It sounds like the perfect solution to the ‘work-life balance’ problem.

I spent nearly 5 years working at home from early 2005 to November of 2009. I can honestly tell you, there are a lot of advantages to working from home. However, there are a few serious drawbacks you might not have thought of.

I’d like to share my experiences with you.

In this article;

  • Day 1
  • The adaptation phase
  • Increased productivity?
  • Loneliness
  • Work-life balance
  • Suggestions for working from home
  • Suggestions for team leaders

I was a little worried but mostly excited. Together, with my brother, I’d been working toward this day since 1998. Hours of unpaid work (after finishing my real work), every single day for 5 years. Finally, the dream became reality — I was finally fully, self-employed.

Day 1

SO sweet. Up out of bed at the usual time, but with no commute to worry about, I was able to make breakfast at home, enjoy a couple cups of home-brewed coffee, and I even had time to read the news before wandering into my home office.

Everything started perfectly. I switched CNBC on a small TV I’d placed in my office, turned on the desktop PC, and got right to work.

Even with the TV on, I was shockingly productive! I couldn’t believe by the end of the first day how much work I’d finished. With no interruptions from annoying colleagues and…



Edward Iftody

Edward Iftody is a Communication Coach, author of Surviving Work, a veteran of the Canadian fin-tech industry and a blockchain enthusiast.