Yesterday we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of working from an office. Today, we will discuss knowing when it’s time to quit working from home and how to know when it’s time to start working from home.
How You Know When It’s Time To Consider NOT Working from Home
- Cabin Fever hasn’t went away in at least a month
- You find yourself overworking at the point of exhaustion.
- You can no longer spend time with friends or family
- You feel emotionally drained
- You can’t focus any longer
If you’re not careful, home life and work life can become a blur, merging into one another, becoming a melting pot of constant stress and distraction, something you cannot get away from. Even taking midday breaks for a walk or chit chatting with a neighbor doesn’t help.
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This is a sign of cabin fever. It means you need to do something different whether that be moving your office to a different location in the house, finding more of a work/home life balance or moving the office away from home entirely.
This was the case for me and my cabin fever has finally went away. There are no more distractions at work. The time I now spend at home is quality time. Home became my sanctuary again. The time I now spend at work is quality time. There are no more distractions and I get much more done in less time.
How You Know When It’s Time To Consider Working from Home
- The overhead is too expensive for your budget right now
- What you do for a living can be done from anywhere
- You don’t have to meet customers or clients on a regular basis and mostly handle them on the phone or email
- You really, really want to work in your pjs
If your clients or customers are mostly online considering taking the leap and working from home. I know someone who was paying out thousands per month in overhead, discovered he had a medical condition and decided to move his business into a spare bedroom in his home. It was the better solution for him to save on overhead and concentrate on his health.
You may want to spend more time with a family member. I initially started working at home taking care of an infant. It was the ideal solution at the time and I’m glad I did it.
Working from home is not for everybody. Neither is working in an office. For me, an office was the smartest move. For you, it may be a different story and for different reasons.
You don’t even have to make a giant leap at one way or the another. If you work from home there are libraries and coffee shops you can visit and more and more bosses are allowing their employees to work at home a couple days a week or more.
Just don’t make that decision based off a buzzword. While thousands of people day dream about escaping their offices to work from home and glamorizing how it could change their lives, you have people like me whose done it for years and years dying to escape it.
The answers are going to be different for everyone. I heard negative opinions when I had a job and wanted to work from home and then when I wanted to stop working from home and get my own office.
To me, it’s not a matter of which scenario is the best but which scenario is the best for me.
You really have to do what is best for you; what’s going to keep you motivated and focused every day, what is going to inspire you and keep you happy, what gives you the most opportunity to spend time with your family, to keep that work / life balance and what is going to ensure you are the most productive.
I hope you enjoyed this three part series and that I made your decision a little easier.
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