Isn’t it the ideal position to be in, the ultimate dream, to work from home? Who wouldn’t like to work in their PJs, avoid the commute, answer emails in bed or just work from your welcoming couch? As a writer, I happen to be one of the fortunate ones who gets to work from my sweet abode. And believe me when I say this, that it is even better than you can think, it almost feels like a luxury. So let me explain to you some of the advantages I experienced as a work-from-home writer.
Saving time with no commuting:
One of the main benefits of working from home is saying goodbye to commuting. For a place like Mumbai where you are hit with traffic everywhere, and at any given point of time, this is a huge deal. I used to take an hour and a half every single day to reach my workplace at round 9.30-10am. Which means that I left my place at anytime between 8am-8.30am. Which means that I woke up at 7am to get ready for the day, make/pack my lunch by skipping the breakfast and eventually being irritated if I happen to be a bit off my scheduled in the morning. While coming back home, it would again take anything from an hour and a half to two hours to reach home. By then I’m so frustrated that I don’t want to speak with anyone or even attempt to be social. My weekends would just go in me trying to be anti-social in order to avoid travelling anywhere at all. But now with my work-from-home gig, I save so much time that I can wake up early, have breakfast, exercise, catch up on some news and current affairs before starting my work at 10am.
The world is your work station:
Another plus point is that I get to work from anywhere; from my bed to a coffee shop to even some exotic vacation spot. You don’t need to be tied to your home. Apart from that, I don’t need to take leaves or offs because working from anywhere other than an office already feels like a holiday. All I require is a working laptop and a good internet connection, which these days you can get anywhere for free.With some willpower and a steady routine, you will eventually learn to avoid being distracted by the TV, YouTube videos, food or your next load of laundry. You can literally fit your work station wherever it fits in your life.
More focus and more productive:
Working from home also makes you more productive, since you save so much time not commuting and rid of all the distractions in the form of colleagues (who are many a time annoying) and random meetings. When you work remotely, you’ll not only be able to choose your timing and schedule, but you can also be much more effective and in turn, more productive.
Adios to random long meetings:
Because you don’t have to deal with colleagues or a tech team, you’ll find yourself developing the skill of looking for your own answers and becoming more proactive to find what you need on your own. With just a few clicks, you can have a video call that’ll probably last just 15 minutes instead of 45 minutes. You can use the chat function to quickly share docs or to add important comments without interrupting anyone. You don’t even have to make an effort to get dressed up and put on makeup for any of this.
Say hello to the new social you:
If you think that working away from an office can make you a loner, then let me tell you that it is actually the opposite as there are a huge range of communication tools, in the form of chat rooms, emails and even phone groups. Because you don’t have everyone physically around you all the time, you become much more aware of the importance of keeping in touch and socialise with people more often than you usually would when working in an office.
I have been working-from-home for over a year now and it is like a blessing. My health got better, my eating habits got healthier, my lifestyle in general improved drastically, my mood got livelier and I started hating everything a little less. I get time to read more often now, catch up on new shows and movies, exercise and be more active. I like the fact that now I don’t think that my work rules my life, working-from-home has provided me with a nice balance that we all desperately need.
(If you too work from home and would like to share your experience, then do tell us in the comments below).