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5 Reasons Why Working at Home Sucks (and Ways to Improve the Lifestyle) [VIDEO]

Lemme tell ya. Working at home is not all all it was cracked up to be back when I used to dream about it. In the obvious ways, it’s nice right? Flexibility. Convenience. No traffic. Close to your own kitchen. All those things. But when it comes to being a new CEO it’s just not cutting it for my business.

So for Sexy Wednesday I thought we’d talk about all the ways working at home sucks for those of you who are not yet aware. And for those of you who are, I have some advice for how you can improve the lifestyle and get sh*t done.

5 Reasons Why Working at Home Sucks:

  1. First difficulty of working at home is the fact that there are too many distractions. It’s so convenient to be there and be able to take care of work and home duties, but one is always going to be pulling you away from the other. And the home duties can seem awfully appealing when you have an intimidating work load to get to.
  2. Not having an off site office also means you have less places you need to be. I call this a lack of location accountability. Dragging your feet from bed every morning across the hall to your home office is not the same as going through the routine to look suitable enough to leave the house and arrive at another destination. Just too easy. (And yet, very timely.)
  3. One of the worst parts is that I never come down from a work day. There is no “clock in / clock out” mindset that happens. Ever. I’m constantly thinking about work and that makes me continue to do it all the way until bedtime, which is not great for my productivity because I could be getting things done faster if I knew my work day was going to end at a reasonable hour.
  4. Sometimes people are a major distraction of getting things done in the office, but that in-person camaraderie and creative interaction is something I miss quite a bit sometimes. Don’t get me wrong. I love to hide in my office, but a casual chat now and then is great for staying sane. (I talk to a camera, computer, and beagle all day long. Can you blame me?)
  5. One of my biggest struggles has been realizing how commuting to and working in an office does for a body’s regular activity level and metabolism. The last couple year a few pounds have snuck up on me and I didn’t understand why because I go to the gym frequently. But I’m not burning as may calories as I used to because I don’t have to leave my house every day. Lots of sitting happening.

How to Improve the Work At Home Lifestyle:

  • Schedule as much of your day as humanly possible. The more appointments you make for yourself to stay focused the more likely you’ll be productive and not think about the distractions of home. Definitely schedule time to “clock out” and get away from work for a bit. It’s one thing to be a work-a-holic. It’s another to assume you can get to something later because you’re always in the office. That’s called procrastination.
  • Leave the house! Maybe it doesn’t make sense to have the overhead of another office, but there are plenty of other options like a coffee shop, park, library, co-working space, etc. that are great for having in-person interaction and giving yourself the mindset that you’re going there to get focused and power through your priorities.
  • Consider where you desk is in your house. Is it in a place where you frequent on weekends and evenings? Hopefully it’s not your dining room table. Getting your work space to an area of the house that helps you change your mindset when you enter it will help you make the differentiation between “work” and “home”. Thank goodness I dont’ have any reason to go into our guest room except for work, so I have that going for me. (Sorry this tip didn’t make it to the video… audio was too bad so I had to cut it!)
  • Back to that schedule of yours… make time to get moving! I always work out at the same time every day because I know that’s a good habit to be in and make it easier for me to schedule the rest of my day because I know when I can work that in. But it’s also important to schedule times to step away from your desk, even if just for a quick walk around the block. I use a pedometer to help me reach movement goals throughout the day. Makes it so much easier to keep track.

Do you work from home? What is your biggest struggle and piece of advice?

Amy Schmittauer Visit Website
Amy is the Founder of Savvy Sexy Social and President of Vlog Boss Studios, a digital marketing agency specializing in video content creation. Connect with her on Twitter.
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20 comments
SweatyBetties
SweatyBetties

girl.. this is why I like you... I def get this all. I have to schedule my stuff to do and schedule breaks, because, I have found myself working from 6am-10pm... and not getting a lot done.. WTF.. .because I get distracted as fuck! Gah! I have made a 2nd home at Corner Bakery.. and starbucks.. and einsteins and even have "work dates" w another social media buddy and we meet somewhere and just work next to each other and share stuff. POW

Mike Barbre
Mike Barbre

I believe this concept applies to the "grass is greener" side of things. Here in Seattle, I've done the corporate commute, AND I've done the work from the local coffee shop side of things. Both will get old with time. That's just the life of having a job.

Natalie
Natalie

Great article. I had similar problems -- for me, it was more that I could never stop working (vs when you're in an office, you have lunch, coffee breaks etc).

 

What I try to do now is cutting my week in half. I go work at a coworking space - more social, motivating to see other people working etc. And when I go home, I try not to work. If you don't have a coworking space in your area, you can also try to work in cafés, it's a nice change from your desk. 

bradleymiller1
bradleymiller1

I generally agree with your points. When I started practicing law I told everyone, including myself, that I needed an office because I just knew I wouldn't be able to get anything done at home. So I had an office. One of the problems I quickly ran into was that as soon as I was surrounded by other people, I tended to chat with them rather than actually get my own work done. So while I wanted an office so I could focus more on my work, I wasn't getting my work done anyway.

 

Now I work from home and feel I have somewhat dispelled the self-myth of needing an office, but I definitely think it depends on the person. I am introverted, so I enjoy time by myself to get things done. But I also agree that it is important to get out with other people (as much as I love my four-legged kids, they just aren't the same). That is why I try to schedule meetings with others to force myself out a couple of days a week - for a breakfast, lunch, or even just coffee. Especially here in 2013, business success isn't really about what you know but who you know, so building your network is critical.

Savvy Sexy Social
Savvy Sexy Social

Jumping jacks! Great tip. Those are good for you all around. Blood flowing like woah.

duncan33303
duncan33303

@Schmittastic @SavvySexySocial Couldn't agree more.

Nicole Wonderlin
Nicole Wonderlin

I work half and half and I know what you mean about exercise! A desk job, no matter the location, is going to mean less opportunities to burn calories. I make it a point to get out for a brisk walk daily in the middle of the day (even if it's just a short one) especially when i have writer's block, and am a big fan of spontaneous jumping jacks to get the blood pumping a little. Brain feels more focused and your body will love you for it. Chasing beagles helps too :)

Mike Handy
Mike Handy

I do everything in my power to go to lunch once a week now.

Savvy Sexy Social
Savvy Sexy Social

Mike Handy I feel ya man. I don't know if I'm losing my ability, but they do say if you don't use it you lose it. Ha!

Mike Handy
Mike Handy

#4 is the biggest challenge I have... Im loosing my ability to socialize. Starting to feel increasingly like the Oatmeal cartoon 2.5 years in.

CraigFifield
CraigFifield

@SavvySexySocial no problem, I'm really enjoying your stuff

schmittastic
schmittastic moderator

 @Natalie Absolutely, Natalie. I know how much more productive I am when I work in a coffee shop (or as I like to call it the "coffice). That's my usual choice because there's no coworking space in walking distance from my house. We definitely have the same work at home stigma... always working. Thanks so much for the comment. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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schmittastic
schmittastic moderator

 @bradleymiller1 Absolutely, although I don't think it's just a 2013 thing. I think it's been that way forever. I love making people coming to my favorite coffee spot for I'll put real clothes on and meet them for some creative chats. So important. I think there's going to be a continuation of this post because I really like working from home, but this is just all the ways I think it sucks. If you can get a handle of how to operate effeciently in the environment, I can be a lot of heaven. Glad to hear you've accomplished that!

Schmittastic
Schmittastic

@duncan33303 tought right? This is my way of being peeved about it. I just blog. lol @SavvySexySocial

schmittastic
schmittastic moderator

 @jessostroff I don't think I can move there, but would love to take an extended trip sometime! Will definitely keep you posted on that! Did you find a good space?