Funny story. When I lived with my friend Katy, she got a new job where she had to work from home a couple of days each week. When her company (MAC) were setting her up, they kept mentioning the ‘home office’, which we both decided was the UK Government organisation. Seriously. When we finally worked out what it meant, we were equal parts mortified and amused.
A home office! An office in your home! Yes, it’s what everyone wants until they have it and then they wish they were back in someone else’s office enjoying all of the comforts that invariably involves. You know, a decent printer. Any printer. People. Toilets that someone else has to clean. People.
In all seriousness, I love working from home. But it definitely has it’s downsides. If you are the sort of person that is easily distracted, you will struggle with this setup. If you’re the type who can’t cope without human interaction — you’ll find yourself going a little stir crazy. If you turn to your fridge when you’re bored — you will get fat. Actually, I am not the best case study of a perfect working-from-home bod, but I do have a few of the personality traits that suit it. I don’t really like people. I LOVE my own space, and I thrive in a quiet environment where I am left to my own devices.
It’s why I am a terrible employee.
The reason I thought I’d write this post, is because there seems to be a shroud of mystery surrounding those who work from home. What do they do all day? How do they do it? Do they do it naked? Snapchat, with difficulty and sometimes. The truth is, I am learning how to be my most productive self the same way the rest of the world is, and sometimes I get it right. Sometimes I don’t.
As a typical Virgo, I am an avid list writer so one thing you’ll find when you enter my home office is lists. Endless lists. On Evernote, in my diary and pinned to my wall. All are different, and all have a purpose. I also like to keep a few sentimental things around: a picture of me & Sanne from Koh Tao, a painting that a friend gave me for my birthday and a wedding invite. A recent purchase was the lightbulb string of lights that I’ve hung around a print. Lighting is kind of my weak point, and give the amount of photographs I need to take — is something I need to work on. I don’t want a wanky studio setup with jazzy lights…..but I actually really do want that. My tripod is ever present and often makes it look as though I am about to film some amateur porn……I have not, and will not be doing so. Just for reference…..
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