1. Flexible work schedule
Yesterday I was able to sit down to my desk, knock out a little work, volunteer at the kids' school and run a few errands, and come back and knock out a little more work. That is very important to me. It is not easy sometimes straddling the fence between being SAHM and employee but I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity. For us it is necessary because The Engineer's schedule is not flexible and he has to do quite a bit of traveling. I need to be available for doctor and dentist appointments, kid activities and if someone is sick.
That being said, I am still a big fan of designated work hours. My first year at the Rocket I did not do that. I worked in chunks of time throughout the day. Work and family bled into each other and I became increasingly stressed because I never felt truly "off work." I now try to only work in the mornings when the kids are at school and that has made a tremendous difference.
2. Uninterrupted work time
I am a Chatty Cathy, I admit it. I think -- no, I know -- that I would get much less done if I had a permanent desk in our office. Right now, I spend my Mondays at the Army Garrison and maybe it is only because I see everyone one day a week but I often find myself shooting the breeze. At home, my only workmate is my assistant Fletcher the Hound Dog, who sleeps his way through the workday. I have found that it is easier for me to focus in the quiet.
3. Business casual -- very casual
Yup, I am that typical worker from home. I wear sweats, jammies, jeans ... whatever is comfy. My job is a little different in that I do venture out several times a week for work events, meetings and interviews, but when I get home the comfy clothes are back on. You would be surprised what a difference in mood comfy clothes make. I know some people who work from home still wear dress clothes to put themselves in work mode. I am not one of those people.
4. Less expensive
I do join the rest of the office for luncheons whenever I can but being able to fix my meals at home during the workday is important, especially since I work at a desk and the sedentary job can pack on the pounds. As it is, I weigh more than I did when I started at the Rocket because I am getting older and I traded in a career as a yoga instructor for one much less active. If I did not work at home, it would be worse because I know I would be sneaking out of the office every day on a burger and fries run.
5. Multi-tasking, super-sized
I am not always successful but I try to get up from my desk once an hour and stretch my legs. I might throw in a load of clothes or load the dishwasher, take out the garbage or straighten up a room. I have found that if I don't do this, I get tunnel vision and the quality of my writing falls. It also helps to stay on top of the household so I don't have a mountain of chores waiting for me when I sign off.
I know that I am painting a pretty picture of working at home, but there are pitfalls too. You have to be dedicated and focused. Even though I work on a laptop, when it is time for work I sit at my desk. I work from the bed or couch very sparingly because I have found that I am sharper sitting in my office. Because of this I am a big fan of a designated office space used only for your job. When working at home, you have to be a self motivator and strict with yourself. I keep a log of everything I do each work day. It is not complicated but it does list my productivity for the day. I don't answer personal phone calls and I don't turn on the television. I feel strongly that if I am being paid for this time, I need to have something to show for it.
So what do you think? Have you worked from home or would like to? I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!