January 18, 2019
The Pros and Cons of Working From Home
Your home is your sanctuary, where you feel most comfortable. Some days you may not even feel like leaving the house. If you feel like this, you are not alone! Many choose to work from home as a way of taking control of their time to maximize productivity in their work life as well as their personal life. There are benefits and drawbacks to this decision, so it is important to understand what may work best for you.
Some people are most productive when they are at their most comfortable, especially if you work in a creative field that allows you to express yourself. Working from home means that you can work in your pajamas or gym clothes.
It is convenient to be able to work from home. There is no need to worry about rush hour or getting to work on time, because you are already there! Grabbing lunch is a breeze as well for those who work from home. It is easier to eat healthy, home-cooked meals when all of your ingredients and utensils are located right next to your home office.
Working from home allows greater flexibility for those with busy schedules. You can pick up the kids from school, feed your pets or make a quick run to the bank. It is also easier to fit in time for exercise, something that those with office jobs may find difficult. If you have a home gym, you can simply work out during your break, shower and get back to work. Most importantly, flexibility is important for creative thinkers who want to maximize their time. There are less constraints in a home office that allows a worker to think outside of the box.
1. Little social interaction
Unless you take the time each day to go out and socialize, you may find yourself missing the banalities of an office environment such as coworker banter. It can be something that is taken for granted.
Working from home requires a good amount of motivation to get through the day. There are no coworkers next to you to judge you for watching cat videos, and no executives to ask you about deadlines (in-person, at least).
If you are not strong-willed, it can be hard to resist distractions at home. If you have pets, they may vie for your attention throughout the day. If you have a long chore list, you may find yourself taking out the trash when you should be working on a spreadsheet.
When it comes down to it, figuring out whether one should work from home or not depends on the individual. If you are the type of person who prioritizes comfort and convenience, working from home could be a great choice.
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