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.
Dress Code: Casual Friday EVERYDAY!
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.
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.
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.
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:
You miss having a work place.
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.
Do you work from home too? What is your favorite part of lounging around .. I mean .. working from home?