I’ve been working remotely for a few months now and I have come to really love it! I love being able to set my own schedule, working from my couch, and best of all – my cat is my coworker! Haha.
But today I thought I’d talk about some of the surprising things I’ve learned working remotely and working from home everyday. This isn’t really a post for the self-employed as I work for a company but I think it could definitely still apply to those who work for themselves! Working from home has also allowed me to also work more on my side businesses – reselling on Poshmark and blogging! I’m also going back to school part-time so I am loving the flexibility working remotely holds. If I need to work at night, I can. But onto what I’ve learned…
Having access to my kitchen makes me eat healthier
I used to be really lazy about bringing my lunch to work. I either ate in the cafeteria of my job (which didn’t have the healthiest of options) or I’d go out to eat with a coworker. It was nice to get out of the office every once and a while. But I am finding myself making considerably healthier choices. It’s a lot easier to whip something up during my lunch break with having access to my entire kitchen. I probably should go out to eat every once and a while though…
Not having a commute saves you an incredible amount of time (and money!) in a day
I always knew I spent a lot of time commuting to work but I never realized just how much! I don’t drive so when I used to take the bus I would have to leave my house by 7 to get to work by 8. Now I can wake up at 7, eat breakfast, drink tea, stretch, and get started working at my desk. My mornings have become much more enjoyable now that I’m not running around trying to catch the bus! I also love getting up and pretty much getting straight into work. I’m definitely a morning person so it’s nice to be able to utilize that part of me without feeling stressed about getting somewhere in the morning!
I am also saving a ton of money by not commuting! When they stopped my normal bus route to work I had to start taking Uber to work, which let me tells you – IT ADDS UP! So saving that time and money is amazing.
You’ll use more products at home/pay a little more for utilities
This was one thing I didn’t think about when I started working from home. You’ll use more things like toilet paper, soap, etc faster! I have also found my utilities are a little bit higher because I have lights on longer or something like that but it’s really not too much of an expense. I’d definitely say it’s worth it to be able to work from home!
You’ll get a little lonely
Sometimes I can go the entire day without talking to anyone, which is mostly fine but sometimes I want to talk to someone. So I’ll call a coworker for a bit to catch up on what’s going on at work or I’ll go out to lunch with someone. I’ve also found it’s nice to just get out and go to a coffee shop to see other people every once and a while! I also try and find things to do after my work day is done like going to a thrift store or something like that. But it is something to consider if you’re a big extrovert (which I am not)
It can be hard to get dressed every day but it is WORTH IT
I should probably practice this step more than I am (currently writing this post in my pajamas… oops). But I do think getting dressed (even if it is just athletic clothing/leggings) helps me get focused and stay on track a bit more.
I hope this helps anyone who works from home or who are considering it. It’s definitely got its perks but I don’t think it is for everyone. Overall, I’m surprised by how much I’ve learned from working remotely. It can be challenging to motivate myself sometimes but it’s really rewarding to know I can still get my job done while I am at home without any supervision.
Do you work from home? Would you ever want to?
Let me know in the comments!