This won’t be a picture heavy post. I’ll include a picture here and there to break up the paragraphs so (hopefully your eyes won’t glaze over) but technically will be a word heavy post. It’s kind of appropriate since this is a blog. This is just something that’s been on my mind for a while, and since I’ve recently (about a month or so ago) been given the opportunity to work from home I figured I would share my thoughts on the subject. Hopefully this post won’t be dry and boring for you. It’s just my own random thoughts, and I thought some of you might be able to relate to this subject.
Back before I ever thought I’d find a legitimate work from home opportunity, I’d always dreamed of how great it would be to work remotely. In today’s technology driven world I truly believe that a lot more office jobs should offer this type of work. It would cut down on lateness, people calling out sick, etc. The benefits would just be so numerous for everyone. Not having to take public transportation, not having to deal with slow walkers, being able to work in my pajamas, not having to deal with office chit chat (or watercooler talk as it is sometimes known). I like being able to do my work without having to make (often) pointless conversation with my co workers. Don’t get me wrong. If one of my co workers talked to me, I’d talk. I wouldn’t be rude. I’d rather just focus on my work. Listening only encouraged them and politely going back to my work didn’t discourage them. So many times I could have finished a project but had to finish it the next day (or if it was a Friday, wait until after the weekend) to listen to a co worker talking to me about whatever. However, every article I’ve ever read on the subject (which seem to come from the position of extroverts, who of course would have a different opinion/experience about the subject) seem against such jobs. Let’s dive into some of the arguments against working from home and my opinions on those arguments.
“It Isolates You From The World”
As an introvert, which is who these jobs tend to appeal to, we’re accused of doing that all on our own. Honestly, nobody ever tells extroverts to become more introverted so it’s annoying to constantly be told that we have to get out more and socialize. First of all, I get stressed out when I’m around people, especially large groups of them, which is always in a big city like NYC where I live. Secondly, I socialize from time to time. My friend Charles from elementary school would organize yearly get togethers of people we knew from elementary and junior high school. I’d always be the first to leave, and this was even after I spent at least an hour trying to figure out how long I had to stay without me leaving being rude. (Don’t get upset, guys. I love you all but Ti Ti needs her alone time.)
“You Can’t Be Productive In Your Pajamas”
I beg to differ on that one. The first thing I do when I get home from work or anywhere is change into my pajamas. Even if I’m planning to go out later that day, I change out of my outside clothes. I have to be comfortable. When I’m comfortable, I’m at my most productive. I hate jeans and don’t own a pair. I mostly stick to leggings and long shirts or long sweaters when I got out. I wear dresses in the summer, but inside my home I wear pajamas. Here’s a few pics of some of my pajamas. Probably one of the only times I’m going to actually post pictures of myself. I feel more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it. I wish I had my niece Morgana’s confidence. All of my mom’s family is 100% Puerto Rican. I’m only 1/2. (The other side is Italian.) Guess who got the Puerto Rican hips? (Don’t mind the mess in the back. Doing some spring cleaning.)
Since I started working from home I put on actual clothes when I go out in the evening. Which leads me to…
“You Get Used To Being At Home And Don’t Want To Go Out”
For me personally, after 7 or 8 hours of being at home in front of my computer, I can’t wait to go outside, even if it’s only to the grocery store or for a walk. In general I prefer being at home to going out to someplace that’s, 9 times out of 10, noisy and crowded, but that doesn’t mean I never want to leave my apartment. Yes, there is more in my apartment that appeals to my interests, (books, television, my computer), but getting out and getting some fresh air, walking for exercise or pleasure, seeing things (even if it’s the same things you see all the time) is good for your physical and mental health. Sometimes I like to go to Barnes & Noble and wander the aisles, looking for new book to read, or I like to go to restaurants, or wherever. Just because someone prefers being at home doesn’t mean they want to barricade themselves in there.
“There Are Too Many Distractions at Home”
Do they mean more than in the office? Every office where I’ve ever worked has people coming and going, deliverymen dropping off packages, co workers that want to talk (usually about anything and everything besides work), someone playing music, which I actually don’t mind. I hate when things are too quiet. That’s almost as distracting as all those other things combined. The music is usually played at a soft level anyway. I don’t know about anyone else, but I need background noise to concentrate. I don’t live on my own, so in my home that is everything from someone watching tv, deliverymen dropping off packages, maintenance men coming to fix something, family members staying over for a few nights, etc.
So why work at home, you wonder? Because in my home I can be in my pajamas. I can have things pretty much exactly as I want them. I don’t have to be anyone but myself. I don’t have to have my work persona on, the always smiling, available for chit chat with anyone person, which is quite frankly exhausting. It’s why I would have to take naps after dinner like I was either a 5 year old child or 80 year old woman. I am extremely talkative and happy, just not with everyone I happen to come across when I’m outside. When I’m with my parents, brothers, nieces, nephew, and sister in law, I’m very outgoing and happy. When I’m outside around random people I’m not rude, I just prefer to keep to myself. It’s how I recharge my internal batteries. If anything, not having to be Work Tina for 8 hours a day makes me a little more willing to listen to a random stranger’s chit chat without planning an escape route at the first break in the conversation.
So those are my thoughts. I’ve read so many posts about working from home, and while the people who write them point out the obvious pros, they are quick to point out the many (to them) cons. Whether it’s because they actually feel that way or because they’re trying to seem more relatable to draw in readers, I don’t know. I personally have been so much more relaxed and calm since I’ve started working from home. I’ve even stopped having to take evening naps.