Picture it: you roll out of bed in the morning, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down at your kitchen table. Boom – you’re at work.
A growing number of Americans are working from the comfort of their homes. In a 2017 Gallup survey of more than 15,000 working adults, 43% said they spent time working remotely the previous year. That’s four percentage points higher than in 2012.
There’s no hectic commute, you have complete autonomy, and there’s no office drama to deal with. There are undoubtedly more of us working from home these days, and it’s time to talk about the reality of pitfalls that accompany the #WFH lifestyle.
You Feel Lonely.
Working at home everyday sounds like the perfect situation, but it can (and will) start to feel isolating after a while. You can only talk to your cat for so long before he/she starts giving you some side eye. But why go at it alone? The Hub was built to accommodate soloprenuers and telecommuters, giving you the space you need to build business connections, friendships and focus in on your to-do lists.
So. Many. Interruptions.
From the FedEx guy ringing the doorbell, to your dog guilting you with puppy eyes until you take him for a walk, to your children busting in the door when you’re in the middle of a live news segment (happens all the time, right?) — time management is one of the biggest struggles of working from home because it can sometimes be a constant juggling act. When you have a more formal work space, it’s easier to establish boundaries and get laser focused.
You’re Distracted and Unmotivated.
Staying productive is a challenge at home. It can be so tempting to procrastinate by just throwing in one more load of laundry, or taking another peek in the fridge to see if any snacks have magically appeared since you checked 10 minutes ago.
National statistics actually show that people are more productive in coworking spaces. Sometimes, simply being around other people who are also passionate about what they do is be enough to keep you on track and off Netflix.
Your Routine is all Out of Whack.
From regular showers to actually getting out of your bathrobe before 9am, it’s easy to get sucked into an “at-home” routine where bare minimum necessities (like making coffee, feeding the family and getting through your emails by lunch) are all that you require of yourself. Because who is going to judge you? Your dog?
Having a structured routine that allows for self-care and productivity cultivates more balance in your life.
You’re Working Way Too Much.
Balance is the name of the game when it comes to being your own boss. And getting all glassy-eyed over the newfound freedoms that come with it can muddy the waters so much, that you’re just always “on” and available. When your personal life and office life coexist under the same roof, the line starts to blur. And that means you’re on the fast track to burn-out.
Does any of this sound familiar? Consider getting your balance back by joining The Hub. We’re all in this together, and our memberships are tailored specifically for you and your business needs.