What It’s Really Like to Work From Home

Greetings to all of you out there in blog land. And for those of you new followers, welcome to the crazy show that is my mind and my life.

For about two years now my job has been at the forefront of my chaotic life dictating my lifestyle and schedule. You see, I am a phone ESL teacher for a Korean company, which means my schedule is split into two 4 hour shifts a day. Plus, I only get one true day off a week, which is usually spent playing catch up on sleep.

But . . . I get to work from home! Complete and total win.

A while back I wrote a guest post for the lovely Allie of Tales of a Twenty Something about the true nature of working from home. And today I thought I would share it with all of you.

So let me tell you what working from home is really like.

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Working from home means that you no longer have to see people. And best of all, they don’t see you, which means style freedom. Because of this, your wardrobe quickly becomes a sea of sweatpants and pajamas. Some days may even be pants (or clothing) optional. I’m sure my manfriend finds it so sexy when he comes home from work and I’m STILL in my pajamas, but who can be bothered to change when they’re waking up at 5 AM to talk to people on the other side of the world? Not this girl!

You actually work.

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People seem to assume that working from home is code for I sleep all day, watch Ellen, and Facebook stalk people. Others assume you are really just a fabulous housewife with a super tidy home and amazing home cooked meals. While I would really enjoy being able to spend my days Facebook stalking everybody and pretending that I’m Martha Stewart, I do actually have to work 8 hrs a day. Granted, it’s a split shift, so I may sneak in a nap or two.

There are distractions.

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Okay, so maybe I do spend some of my time Facebook stalking people. I mean, I sit at my computer for 8 hrs a day. I’m going to be tempted to stalk a person or two. Truth is, working from home allows for so many distractions. One minute you’re sitting there trying to focus on work. The next you’re thinking: Oh, look how cute my dog is! Maybe, I’ll just play one round of Candy Crush. When did they make it Facebook official?

You lose your people skills.

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Spending your days home alone can really take a toll on your social skills. I find myself having full conversations with both my pups. And I really do think they appreciate our little chats, or maybe it’s just the belly rubs that accompany them.

When you do finally get to spend some time with actual humans you’re pretty much like this:

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You miss having a work place.

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Every so often, you begin to actually miss getting dressed for work or gossiping by the water cooler. Chatting with coworkers that don’t come in the shape of two rat terriers is one of the things I miss the most. But then I remember that I get to work in my pajamas and all is right with the world again.

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Do you work from home too? What is your favorite part of lounging around .. I mean .. working from home?

  • This post was soooo funny!!!! Hahaha!!
    Love it! It reminded me of when I used to take courses online. I used to get the squirrel effect and the people stalking syndrome. Lol

    • Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. And it’s so easy to be distracted! Even when I was in college I would be writing a paper and all of a sudden I’d be browsing through a friend’s photo album. πŸ™‚

  • You are so lucky. I really wish I could work from home, but unfortunately have never been able to find a job like that. So that is why I am truly hoping my blog will take off big time. My illnesses I have really arent good with the physical job that I do. So one day my dream would be to work from home

    • I hope your blog does take off so that you are able to work from home! It’s so important to be able to care for yourself and your body. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Sweatpants week is the best!!! I sell plus size clothing online, so unless I have to go restock or someone is coming here to pick up their purchase, itΒ΄s sweatpants in winter or super big and comfy dress in summer. I do sometimes miss getting dress and working with people on a daily basis, but then I remember the 2-hour commute for my last 9-5 job and IΒ΄m happy again. Also, working for myself is the best!

    • Being your own boss must be awesome! I’m so jealous! πŸ˜€ And a 2 hour commute sounds horrible. I’d take working at home alone over a 2 hour commute any day.

  • Brianne @ Lamm to the Laughter

    I don’t normally work from home, but because of our snow storm last week I spent three days there. I had always wanted to try working completely from home before that, but now I think one day a week might be better. I felt unproductive in my pajamas, even though I somehow managed to get more done than I do in the office!

    I guess I was also a little distracted by the snow. Maybe. Just a little…

    • Hah! I would have totally been outside building a snowman instead of working. πŸ™‚ And I think I’ve actually grown to like working in PJs every day. πŸ™‚

  • I completely agree with this post! It is amazing how much your fashion sense (or lack thereof) changes when you no longer have to leave the house- I’m right with you on being in my pajamas still, and its almost 8 PM for me now!

    • But it’s so much more comfortable! πŸ™‚ I would much rather be in my pajamas until 8 than have to get dressed up for work.

  • Love this post! I work from home occasionally, although I’d like it to be more often, but the hardest thing for me is knowing when to stop working on things! I feel bad that I took a break and watched a tv show so instead I stay at my desk till 8pm when my husband comes home and asks me what the heck I’m doing!

    • Hah! I do that sometimes too! I’ll do work on my blog after I finish my regular job, so sometimes I won’t stop until my boyfriend gets home. We need to find a good balance! πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading and I’m glad you liked it.

  • Tony Sanders

    How does a person go about finding legitimate work from home jobs? There is so much out there, that is a dead end or someone trying to scam you!

    • Oh, yes! There are so many scams out there. I lucked into mine! I found it online, but was still a little afraid at first. πŸ™‚