Earlier this week, I talked about all the things that were great about working from home. This time I’m looking at the other side of the coin. Like every situation in life, working from home can be good or bad. While I personally love it, there are parts that can get rough.
There are too many distractions
My kid is sitting in my lap as I type this. He’s adorable, snuggly, and weighs at least thirty pounds. He’s also my top priority at home, so I’m very easily distracted from my work when he needs something or is just bored.
Beyond him, my house is filled with distractions. There’s laundry that needs to be done, Moana is currently playing on the TV, and there’s no boss stopping me from pausing writing and going on Facebook right now.
Staying motivated while you’re working in the same environment where you also relax can be difficult and for some people, it’s a deal-breaker.
(See also: Tips for Staying Motivated)
It gets lonely
While coworkers can be irritating, they’re at least adult interaction. Working from home, you don’t get that. It’s just you, alone in the same place every day. Maybe there’s also a baby or a cat. But adult interaction isn’t the norm. It’s very easy to get lonely and depressed when you haven’t left your apartment or spoken to another person in several days.
Work/Life boundaries tend to blur
Your desk is right there, there’s no reason you shouldn’t answer a few emails at 4 am. Or maybe it feels strange to sit on the couch next to your desk and watch Netflix instead of doing work like you’ve been doing for hours. When you live where you work, it’s very easy to lose the distinction between work life and home life. If that keeps up for too long, can lead to burnout very quickly.
You forget how to dress like an adult
Despite the fact that I insist on actually getting dressed every day, I’ve forgotten how to dress like a professional. Seriously, I don’t remember the last time I used my iron. I’ve left the house in ratty yoga pants way more times than is forgivable. If you aren’t getting dressed for the office every day, it’s amazing how quickly you forget what’s appropriate for the outside world.
What are some other disadvantages of working from home? Let me know in the comments!