|My Scrabble score is getting better every day...|
As someone who did the Reading-London commute for 2 years, and even and Oxford-London commute for three months last year, working from home eradicates a major source of stress from my life. I used to leave the office in a great mood - but arrive home grumpy, hungry, and exhausted, dirty from London trains and probably having picked up a bug or two by being stuffed in with millions of other stinky angry office workers. When I started commuting I noticed I got sick A LOT in the first year, picking up every sniffle and flu bug around.
But since last January (2012), give or take a few temporary positions here and there, I have been full time working from home, self employed with Coryographies and loving it. There are drawbacks though - I quickly become sluggish and unproductive if I haven't been out of the house or haven't woken up at a reasonable hour. It's easy to sit and play scrabble all morning and drink tea curled up with a blanket because it's cold.
I know not everyone's situation working from home is like this - they may be a part of a team in a busy office, and be expected to take phone calls/Skype chats from 8:00 in the morning and will have therefore brushed their hair and actually gotten dressed, not even checking their Facebook until 5.
I know I could be more productive working from home, and the article pointed out some good tips for doing so. The first recommendation though, is something I can't really achieve from home - Make a Sacred Space. I live in a tiny flat, where my jewellery supplies are stored underneath a chair covered in a throw in the living room. I sit on this chair, and that is my office. I don't have a desk unless I use the kitchen table, which is where I do my crafts, but I'm often actually found on the floor with my computer in my lap, back up against the radiator because it's warm. My husband is a student and has his desk in here too - it's not much of a 'scared space' as much as it is 'the only space'.
|Back to work in just a minute, I just|
have to finish this level!
I agree with the recommendations made in the article though, and wish I could implement more of them. I really should schedule my time better, and I really should have an amazing soundproof light flooded well stocked gorgeous craft room. But baby steps...
Coincidentally, I'm starting another temporary office position tomorrow, since February marks the start of the slow portion of the year for jewellery sales. Maybe a 9-5 will make me more productive and on schedule, so that I can return to working full time from home in the future and be refreshed and ready to follow these golden rules!