The 7 Wonders Of Working From Home

Wonder 1:

I wonder why people associate working from home with being always available for them?

Wonder 2:

I wonder why people see working from home as a good pretext for lazyness?

Wonder 3:

I wonder why that sink is always full of dishes, although I wash them many times a day?

Wonder 4:

I wonder why last winter’s clothes don’t fit me anymore? (Hint: this relates to Wonder 3)

Wonder 5:

I wonder why the more I learn, the less I know?

Wonder 6:

I wonder where do days go so quickly?

Wonder 7:

I wonder why I didn’t take this step earlier?

Do you have a work from home friend?

work from homeIf you do, please don’t abuse your friendship. Don’t expect your friend to be happy to spend three hours every day on the phone with you, don’t ask her to visit you every other day, just because she can. If a working from home person has three friends like you, she will have to work at night, because she just gave her days to her best friends and her evenings to her family.

Working from home is about self-discipline, which can be so fragile sometimes, that even an innocent phone call can blow it away.

Four such innocent calls this morning, and a tough schedule for tomorrow made me think of these 7 wonders of working from home. Can you find some more?
In case you still wonder why am I not chasing away these friends, it’s simply because I love them. And I can always choose not to pick up the phone ๐Ÿ˜‰

12 Comments

  1. good ones… perhaps thats why I’m still working out of home..I wonder! but it must be a challenge though, as much as I wish for some day to be able to do that, I fear I’ll be doing everything but work!

  2. Hey Pearl, it’s not like that. I’m able to manage my time efficiently, but I have some friends who reaaaaaly need to talk to me at least one hour every day. Anyway, it’s better than paying for an office space.

  3. I don’t “work from home” but I know the amount of discipline it takes to do so. I have tried to write my thesis at home, but my progress was close to none. I then started going to the library, and things started to pick up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You have to be pretty firm with protecting your time. I like Tim Ferriss’ (4-hour Work Week) little social hack for interrupters. Just say: “I’m in the middle of something, right now, can I help you?” People usually back off.

  5. Hey, Diana, maybe we can put together a top 100 wonders some day.

    Well, Pelf, in the beginning it may look hard, but once you get the habit of getting the things done, it doesn’t sound so scary. And if I think that I save 3 hours every day because of not having to drive to th office, even if I waste 2 of them with small things, I still earn one extra hour for working.

  6. Thank you Michael. Yes, I use that a lot, and usually I’m successful (people who work can understand that, and make the call very short). Actually there is only one case in which I avoid doing that: I have a friend who decided she wants to do nothing. She stays home, watching TV, cooking, sleeping, and… talking on the phone. She is very sensitive, and she feels excluded very easily, and I don’t want her to feel bad, so I listen a lot. Luckily I can do two things in the same time, if they don’t appeal to the same area of my brain. So thanks to her, I was able to manually tag almost 400 posts on this blog after upgrading to WP 2.3 ๐Ÿ˜†

  7. The problem I always had when I worked from home is that I was always working. It was so easy to just send ‘one’ more email, or check on a project, etc. You really need to know when to turn work off and just be home.

  8. I have to agree with all of these wonders. Especially number one is something, Iยดll never understand – seems to be much about educating your friend and loved ones on what working at home means.

  9. Good points..I work from home and it is far from being lazy…mostly just being passionate and very dedicated to a vision. People might not take it serious cause it lacks the structure society tells them they need ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Wow, Sleeping Dude, you are better than me. I think I eat only 6-7 times a day.

    Barbara, I surely know this feeling. I also ended up working in the evenings, but I now try to stop when my boyfriend comes from work. I imagine how annoying can be to see your partner staring at the computer all evening, not giving you any attention.

    Marco, this education takes time. I’m working from home since more than one year, and my mother is still asking me when I’m going to get a job ๐Ÿ˜†

    Dan, our society was built like that, and it takes time to change mentalities. Building yourself a career in a big company is one of many people’s dreams, so they disconsider the “freelancers”, and they wouldn’t feel good being one of them, although they may realize the advantages.

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