- Wearing yoga pants and a sweatshirt to work
- Doing the laundry while you answer emails
- Going to the gym at 10am
- Going for days on end without touching makeup
- Taking naps
As much as I love that, working from home has it's downsides…
- The hazy line between work and home
- Working 18 hours a day
- Feeling guilty about not working & not working
- Wearing sweatpants for days on end
- Not seeing people for days on end
- All your friends have avatars
Looking at this list you can tell I'm probably tired of working at home. For the last two years, I've worked at home, and just yesterday I decided to start looking into office space. Since moving back to San Francisco last week, I was lucky enough that my old job had a few empty cubicles and they were happy to have me around. To tell the truth, after all this time working at home ‘living the dream' it is really, really nice to be sitting in the beige cubicle. People stop by to say hello, I'm wearing a blazer and heels AND make up! Yet, still working for myself, I can come to work at 9:15 and that's ok, except, my boss is a total hard-ass (hehe).
The past few years of working at home, I started to think I was socially retarded, thinking “What happened? I used to be very social.” but the truth is, I was just isolated and probably depressed because of it. Humans are social creatures, and to varying degrees we need each other.
It was also nice to pack up at the end of the day and walk away from my work. Sure, there's a hell of a lot to do around here, but that mental separation allowed me to have a nice evening with my husband picking out dinnerware. We got up this morning really early, had coffee and breakfast, and now I'm here in the cubicle, working…and feeling like I'm really ‘at work.'
Many bloggers blog from home, some in internet cafes, some work ‘at work' a few work in their own offices… it's the dream to be your own boss…so what does your ideal workspace look like? How much care do you put into your work environment?