Working from home is an incredibly popular perk. Indeed, sometimes the idea that work can be done from home is so exciting that people don’t think about what the job is, or what it pays. There’s a reason that, unlike many job boards, FlexJobs charges job-seekers, rather than job-posters. There are so many scams out there that screening for real opportunities is a valuable service.
I know that one of the major reasons people want to work from home is that it offers the possibility of a better work-life balance. Often, work-life balance means spending more time with kids. Sometimes, lately, I feel like my WAH situation means I’ve been spending more time than intended with the kiddos. But there are plenty of other unsung benefits I’ve been enjoying:
*I just took a 20 minute nap. The baby was kicking at 4:45 a.m. again, and once I was awake, I started mulling over a list of Things I Found Annoying About the Thomas Piketty Book (did someone read all 577 pages before it was due back at the library? Yes, she did!). So, after 20 minutes, I got up and got to work. When I crashed at 9:30 a.m., my bed was here and there was no one to stop me from using it.
*Speaking of working at 5:10 a.m. — my home office is just down stairs from my bedroom, all set up. So if I do want to work at odd hours, there’s no discontinuity. Everything is there.
*Among the things that are there: My calendar and must-not-lose life management notebook. Over at The SHU Box, Sarah posted a picture of her planner. In the comments, the question came up about where it goes. Does it travel between home and the office? (Perhaps in its own little armored vehicle?) In my case, there really is no other place for the planner to go than my desk.
*There are a lot of other things on my desk. There are also a lot of things on the floor. See photo. This photo doesn’t show the mess of books that’s on the other side of the office. If I worked in some sort of open office layout, or even had an office that other people might drop in to, I might feel embarrassed about the mess. Fortunately, I’m the only person it affects.
*I was reading Modern Mrs. Darcy’s post on stress-baking and I realized I was hungry. So I went and fried myself 2 slices of bacon. I’m not saying you wouldn’t do this in a regular office with a kitchenette, but you might wonder if people thought you were weird.
If you ever work from home, what do you like about it?