Here at Coffee Talk Consulting we're always talking about the benefits of our work from home life. And, the benefits are many. There are grand and wondrous things about being able to make this gig work, but there are some not so grand things that lots of people don’t usually talk about. Today, I'm going to tell you what the worst thing for me is when it comes to working from home.
Drum roll….the worst thing for me about working from home is that I feel like I never leave work. And really, I don't. My "office" is always just a few feet from me and if there is work to be done, I feel like I have to do it. Where do you draw the line between work and home life when there is no line?
There are days that I would give up every benefit of working from home to go back to a job that I could walk away from at the end of the day and forget all about it until the next morning.
I think this is probably a pretty common thing with many people that work from home. There really isn't much of a work/life balance when your work is also the place where you try to live your life. I do have set hours now. I start at 8 and end at 5, but I don't FEEL like I'm done. My husband leaves work and drives an hour and a half before he's home. He's definitely done with work by the time he gets home and doesn’t think about it again until he gets up to go to work the next morning.
I'm not saying I want to drive an hour and a half, but even though being able to stay in sweats all day is great, some days I'd love to have to get up and actually GO to work and then GO HOME at the end of the day and really FEEL like I'm done. I've read that some people get up and get dressed and drive around the block, go get coffee and then come to work at their home to get that separation. I don't think that would work for me.
I love my work from home life most days, but for the days I don't it's really bad. It's so bad that my husband and I have come up with a plan. We'll be moving soon and when we do he is going to build me an office. I don't want anything that's in the house. I thought I did. I thought just having a separate office where I could close the door would be good enough, but the more I do this the more I realize that I need a totally separate space that isn't in my house. So, that's how we'll solve the problem. Until then, I'll just try to ignore that pile of work I see lying on my desk every single time I walk past it.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this. What do you think the worst part of working from home would be, or if you do work from home already, what have you found the most difficult about it? Drop us a comment and let us know.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.