3 Myths About Working From Home

There’s no denying the reality that working from home is becoming more and more commonplace, whether you’re an employer, an employee, or you operate your own company. It used to be a rarity, but now many employees avoid positions that don’t allow them to work from home, at least sometimes, and preferably full-time. 

Homeworking has a lot of misconceptions, and whether you’ve never tried it or are thinking about doing so as an employer or employee, you should be aware of them. They may be trying to sway your opinion, leading you to doubt the wisdom of your decision. Let’s take a look at some of the myths about working from home and dispel them as much as we can so that you can go into it in a more positive light.

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It’s Fine To Work From The Couch

Although there is no law requiring you to work from a workstation with a suitable chair and pleasant lighting, and you can therefore work from your bed or the couch or lounging in a hammock, it’s not a good idea to do any of these things. A proper desk and chair and good lighting will help you a lot. 

If you want to be productive and generate high-quality work, having a dedicated workstation – preferably with an ergonomically built desk and chair – is the best choice. Moving settings during the day, however, might be a good idea if you need a change of scenery and a break from your desk, as long as the majority of your work is done in your office.

It’s Too Distracting To Get Anything Done At Home

There will be many more things to keep you distracted in your house than in a standard external office; that part of this idea is certainly true. Other people, media, hobbies, books, radio, and the internet will be available to you. However, as long as you don’t allow them to be, these things don’t have to be a source of distraction.

Having an office that is separated from the rest of the home by a door is ideal since it eliminates a lot of the potential sources of interruption. Working on your ability to separate your professional life from your personal life is a skill that everyone can master with enough practice. You can accomplish this by making a clear contrast between the two, having dedicated work hours, and switching off your tech when you’re done with it. All of this can mean that distractions are much less likely. 

Of course, some distractions can’t be helped, and on these occasions, you’ll need to make a contingency plan for your work. It wouldn’t be good to put off essential renovations such as mold damage restoration services because it’s not convenient – instead, work somewhere else just for the short term, and you won’t get distracted. 

Anyone Can Work From Home 

Working from home isn’t for everyone. The first thing to remember is that not all occupations enable you to work from home, especially those that need you to interact with others, such as medical staff and beauty therapists. Working from home is an option for many people, but it doesn’t mean it’s the ideal option for everyone. Even while working from home, some individuals simply can’t be as productive as in a traditional office setting. If you know that working from home would not suit you, then look for jobs that don’t offer the option; you’ll be much happier in that case, and you’ll be a lot more productive too. 

About the author

Petra Monaco is an artist, author, and professional problem solver for creatives, rebels, and multi-passionates.

She is here to help you remove frustration from your life and achieve your creative dreams with more ease and confidence.

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