Welcome to Episode 2 of the work-life balance series! In Episode 1, we introduced the series and discussed a few important tips like the 80/20 rule. Here in round 2, we’ll be talking about the pros and cons of working from home.
It seems that in recent years, everybody has been looking for work-at-home positions to fill. It’s certainly an easy concept to romanticize; who doesn’t want a 10-second commute, or to work in their PJs, or to get cheap, homemade lunch breaks at home? Just imagine all the stress that could take away!
Well, these perks and more are certainly valid. Having spent much of my work time for the past year at home, I can vouch for that. But it’s no picnic, either. Below is a list of my favorite work-at-home pros and cons.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Wow, I had no idea that such an awesome thing had so many terrible drawbacks!” Well, that may be true. But there are ways we can combat these issues.
Working from home can be an amazing opportunity for independence, growth, and lasting contentment in your career. Many individuals, including myself, have enjoyed the extra family time it affords. With the right attitude of balance, determination, and focus—as well as a willingness to set a few ground rules—it might be just what you need.
Daniel Moster is an office/IT intern at Noetic Psychiatry, who also occasionally moonlights as a writer, mandolin player, and student of Family Life at Brigham Young University. In his free time, he enjoys collecting hobbies, eating sugary foods, and spending time with his beautiful wife and son.