Do I really need reasons to work from home?
I love to work from home. And I don't know why it took me so long to finally just admit it and proclaim it to the world. It's just the best thing ever; but for so long when someone would ask me where I worked, I would downplay my love of working from home — as if it were embarrassing or something they would judge me for.
And, to be honest, some people will judge for it. But you know what? That's okay because I love working from home.
And I have plenty of reasons to work from home.
Like most people my age, I have spent a lot of time working. Nearly 70% of my life, to be honest. And in that time, I have had a lot of experiences.
In fact, I have had some of the best and worst times of my life working in an office. I still remember how proud I was to be able to walk into my first radio station wearing a business suit to work as the receptionist rather than wearing jeans to work as the DJ.
It was really the first time I felt like I had an adult job.
I remember that same grownup feeling when I started working as a teller inside a bank, and again when I took a job as a trainer in a call center.
But I also remember how defeated I felt when I left my internship as a therapist, and how burnt out I was when I left my position as an enrollment counselor at the university.
But all those jobs had one major thing in common: no matter how good or bad the job was, I felt drained by the end of the day. The commute, the office politics, the constant fake smile plastered across my face because I had to deal with the public. Getting my makeup and hair together so I could feel halfway presentable, then, of course, taking my makeup off and washing all the stuff out of my hair.
When I loved my jobs, I hated getting ready for them…and when I hated my jobs, getting ready for them was torture.
Then to top it all off, when I got to work I felt sluggish, uninspired, and ready to take a nap. Every day after lunch I would struggle to get down enough coffee to get me through the rest of the day. It took everything I had to stay focused through most of the day, and then for the last 30 minutes or so I would power through to make my deadlines before it was time to leave.
And I can't really say that it wasn't fulfilling work, in many ways most of my jobs were very fulfilling and I felt important. I had a lot of friends, I excelled at my positions and earned rewards and praise quite often. I was good at my job and I worked hard. The problem was that the good I felt — the pride, the significance, the pay — none of that seemed to outweigh the toll that those jobs had on me.
The nine to five job in an office just didn't work for me. That's probably one of the biggest reasons to work from home that I can think of.
I need the ability to get up and walk as I gather my thoughts even if it is mid-sentence. I need to be able to work when I am feeling inspired and motivated and leave work when I don't feel at my best.
And since most office jobs don't want you to waltz in and out just whenever you feel like it, that means I will work from home from now on.
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