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?
- 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.
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…