My home office
In our old house my desk was in a corner of the living room so it's been really nice the last six months since we moved into our new house to have a dedicated office.
Here are some of my thoughts on the pros and cons of working from home...
This is a huge benefit to me. I love not spending time in traffic. Of course it depends how close you live to work. For three years in Denver I had a 45-60 minute commute, which was pretty awful, and then for the last two years I lived 5 minutes away from the office, which was pretty nice, but nothing beats zero minutes.
The only downside that I can think of is that I used to listen to NPR on the way to/from work and I am much less informed these days on local, national, and international news.
I have a very flexible schedule but it is even more so while working from home. It's so easy, almost too easy at times, to take a quick break to fold the laundry or put dinner in the Crock-Pot, so I have to be really careful not to let home chores overwhelm my work responsibilities during work hours.
And vice versa. The downside, both to the flexible schedule and to working from home, is that it can be hard to draw the line between work and home. During busy season, my computer was always on, and I was always popping back into my office to check and respond to email.
Pro: I can work in pajamas!
Con: I can work in pajamas.
I do love my comfy clothes, but I have to say that even when I'm not leaving the house, I feel so much better if I take the time to get ready for the day. Not that I'm wearing business casual around the house but I don't want to be embarrassed if I have to answer the door or run an errand. It helps me feel more professional too.
Another thing to note is that if you're wearing yoga pants 24/7 you might not realize right away about those couple pounds you gained over the holidays...
Busy season uniform
As an introvert I feel that I am well suited to work from home, but I do miss the camaraderie of the office from time to time. I met almost all my good friends in Denver through work. It has been much harder to make friends and get connected in the Durango community without the office environment. I do also miss going out for (free!) lunches and coffee dates. Sometimes I think it's healthier to work from home without the various free donuts, snacks, lunches, and drinks, but on the other hand, at home, the kitchen is always right there.
That's all! Do you, or have you ever, worked from home? If so - What do you think the greatest perks and drawbacks are?