What's It Like To Work From Home? 33 Things Only Telecommuters Understand
Working from home, or what some call telecommuting, can be by turns awesome and brutal. Without the constructs of an office, you're forced to get out of bed, put on clothes (maybe), and be productive in a space that is usually reserved for winding down and relaxation. Sure, you can hang out at coffee shops and type away at your laptop for hours on end, but you inevitably end up loitering around the seat closest to the wall plug, and who's going to watch your computer when you need to go to the bathroom?
And what about the lack of co-workers? Working all by your lonesome can be, well, lonely. There's no one to bug when a problem occurs, and you can forget about that casual water cooler conversation. It's awesome not to be constrained to the shoe-box that is a cubicle, but instead of having your mail hand-delivered, a goody box of office supplies at your beck and call, and a facility of printers and computers to play on, you're stuck with whatever's in your fridge and trips to OfficeMax.
If you're a telecommuter, you know what I'm talking about: There are some things only we who work from home can truly understand.
You know not to underestimate the value of a good coffee maker
And of limiting your CPH (cups per hour) intake
oh, the agony of realizing you haven't gone grocery shopping
at least you can always pull together a meal from peanut butter, tortillas, and cereal
You may not have coworkers you see on a regular basis
But the baristas at the coffee shop down the street sure know everything about you job
Your social skills are not as fine-tuned as they used to be
And you worry that one day they may disappear forever
Yes, you are desperate for human interaction
so you're used to bribing people to come over and just "hang out"
You have a designated "work space" complete with a desk, ergonomic chair, office supplies, and stationary
But you find your couch to be more conducive to "creativity"
You justify sitting at home all day by telling yourself you'll go out that night
...until your friends call and suggest staying in
Putting on real clothing is a necessary evil
You don't understand the concept of a "work wardrobe"
And while you love the non-commute
You hate living and working in the same one-block radius
you don't have a designated lunch break
which means you snack all day
And drink even more coffee. (just because you can)
Water cooler conversation is traded in for gchat windows
When you explain that you work from home to people you can expect to see this face
they can judge away, but statistically speaking, people who work from home are more productive
you even have a "Get Shit Done" playlist on iTunes
Which is oddly similar to your "Work Out" playlist
still, You get nostalgic watching reruns of The Office or Workaholics
And wonder if you would have met the Jim to your Pam if you worked in a cubicle
But then you realize that wouldn't be for you...
Plus, working from home really is the best
"Anybody home? No one's home? Pants are coming off!"
And you can have an impromptu dance party whenever you feel like it
plus, let's not forget, you're pretty damn lucky not to be this guy.
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