Evolution is key to human survival… or something like that. Over the years, work culture has evolved as well; from better work/life balance to working from home completely. As a twenty-something consultant, I have the luxurious option of working from home when I am not onsite with the client. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to work from home, but as with most things there are pros and cons. Here are 5 struggles I go through working from home.
You really have to make your own schedule and condition yourself to stick to it
I’ll admit, I have struggled with this one a lot. I’m trying to jump back into a schedule step by step. It’s so easy to fall out of a routine when you WFH if you don’t have to physically leave your place. I have started by crafting one routine thing I do in the morning and one at night and writing out my work schedule with times. This had helped to regulate my day.
It’s easy to fall into the hermit crab/turtle lifestyle and rarely leave your home during the day
One day I realized I hadn’t actually left the house for more than 10 minutes in a 3 day time span. It made me sick. Now I try to take a walk or plan to go to an event throughout the week to make sure I am seeing natural sunlight and breathing fresh air.
Snacking all day Everyday
The luxury of being home is you’re probably not spending as much money on food. However, temptation loves to rear its ugly head around the corner any chance it gets. With your kitchen (or private stock) right there, it's so much easier to snack all day instead of moderately spacing your meals and snacks throughout the day to build your metabolism.
Packing on the pounds
With snacking comes the pounds, especially if your schedule is out of whack. Add the snacks multiply by hours of sitting all day and you have the perfect recipe for adding additional pounds you weren’t counting on. One day you’ll look in the mirror, or put on your go-to client site outfit and realize it feels a little more snug than usual. For this I suggest buying a scale and finding the workout routine that works best for your and your schedule.
Lack of interactions with the outside world #couchpotato #sharingmemescountright?
Turn.Off.The.Netflix. After working all day whether in meetings, or staring at the computer screen all day you may just want to do something mind numbing, I get it. However, it’s easy to get out of touch with your friends or doing things you like to do in person. Sure you text them all day, but actual face to face interaction is important as well. I make sure I see my friends at least once a week outside of the weekend. I also try to go to a coffee shop or into the office to get human interaction outside of my roommate.
What are some of the WFH struggles that you deal with? How have you started overcoming them?
Three women going through life.