The pros and cons of working from home
Writers, designers, and other web professionals know that one of life’s little pleasures is the ability to work from home. This means no hectic commute, bad office coffee, or an uncomfortable desk chair from the strict hours of nine to five. Instead, a work-from-home schedule means working at a more relaxed pace and under your own conditions—which, for some, is pajamas. It also, however, means many added distractions—and lots of them. Despite being committed to the work, people often hit roadblocks throughout the day when confined within the four walls of their own home. Clare Evans, a time management and productivity coach, admits that it’s not just the surrounding environment that causes distractions. Other difficulties include finding the discipline to sit down and work, dealing with the idea of not being able to “get away from the office,” and a lack of human interaction. On top of this, it’s the chores (“that pile of laundry isn’t going to fold itself”), the kitchen (“I can use another cup of tea”), and the television (“Just one more episode…”) that are major culprits of distraction. Ahead, Evans offers simple solutions for the very difficult task of how to work from home.