18 Jan Work from Home Week
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This week is “Work From Home Week” and I mentioned at the start of the week that I would come back to this.
There’s a myth that working from home is full of distractions and is loads of fun. Or that as a self-employed person you have to work long hours, give up your social life, family time and pour everything into your business.
Let’s look at these myths in more detail.
1 – Working from home is full of distractions. ????????????
Nope. Seriously, for me it really isn’t. I start work around 9.15 and stop any time between 1pm and 3pm. If I stop at 1pm, I have lunch and walk the dog. If I stop at 3pm I’ve probably eaten lunch at my desk and then go to walk the dog before the school run.
In that time, I work for around 1 hour solid, then take a small break to do something else. Then back to the desk for another hour or so. In those working slots I am more focussed than I’ve ever been when I was working in an office. I can turn off all distractions and get-shit-done. In the breaks, I get a coffee, cuddle the dog, put some washing in. Then I go back to it. I’m not saying every day is like this but it is more the norm than it isn’t.
2 – It’s loads of fun. ????????????????
Hmmmm well this one is part myth and part truth. When you can literally go to work in your PJs and dance around the office it’s not too bad. BUT when you work at home, unless you MAKE TIME to be out and about, it can be extremely isolating and that’s tough on anyone. Chuck in being a lone parent and it can be painful. You have to learn to manage the dips.
3 – You have to work long hours and sacrifice a lot. ⏰
Bull. No you don’t. I don’t buy into that idea at all. Sure I worked hard when I had a part time job along side my company but as soon as I made the jump I had MORE time and freedom than I did before and in 6 months my business has flourished. Making me wish I’d made the leap earlier, but hey, you win some and you lose some. If you don’t believe me, grab Rob Moore’s book – Life Leverage and make it your bible. I’ve begun listening to it on Audible this week and I’m pleased to report that a lot of what Rob talks about I’m already using and working towards. You can too. You do not have to do everything yourself and work long hours and sacrifice a lot.
Working from home has brought me a lot of opportunities and the best part has most certainly been the freedom to chose when and where I work. I am there to pick up my son from school and I get to manage the rest of my life to fit in more hobbies.
I wouldn’t recommend trying to train for a marathon, hire people and take your company limited at the same time though ????