I wish everyone would stop idolizing remote work
There seems to be a big misconception about remote work. I see it online and with people I talk to. For example, I was at Starbucks, and the barista asked me what I do for work. The moment I mentioned I work from home (my bad, I guess), her eyes seemed to glaze over. 👀 After that, she didn’t hear a word I said. And this isn’t the first time this has happened.
Working remotely isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. 🌈 In fact, there are a lot of negatives:
- You have to have discipline. Nobody is there to manage you but yourself. Distractions are a constant thing you have to deal with.
- Some think you save a ton of money always eating at home. But it can be an even bigger temptation to go grab food just to get out of the house.
- If you don’t get into an exercise routine, working from home can be really bad for your health. You can easily find yourself just sitting all day and never moving. 🏋️
- It’s lonely work for the most part. I’m a big introvert, so this doesn’t bother me much, but I know many struggle with this.
Personal hygiene takes greater effort. 🚿 Some think we just sit around in PJs all day, which is tempting. But that’s not reality.
Work can flow into every aspect of your life if you don’t stop yourself. I shut my phone and computer off on Saturdays to give myself a full day to recharge.
With that being said, after working remotely for 7+ years, I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, where else could I watch the sunset as I work? But that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. Some people aren’t built for remote work, 🏠️ just like others aren’t built for working in an office. 🏢