When I started my first job working from home, it was a bit of a novelty. I was vaguely aware that it was possible to work full time from home, but before having children it never really crossed my mind.
The past few weeks since my husband’s accident, I’ve experienced both the best and worst parts of working from home.
The thing with being a freelancer is that there’s no respite. When I was driving an hour each way to and from the hospital every day, I still had to find the time to work.
There was no respite, no opportunity to take sick leave or compassionate leave.
Even now, it’s still difficult. I’m doing everything around the house and taking my husband to all his appointments as well as looking after the children.
But I still need to work. Which brings me onto the positive side.
Throughout this whole sorry sequence of events, I’ve been here. The children haven’t had to be disrupted too much, I haven’t had to put them into childcare for longer than usual.
I’ve had some really late nights, many stressful days and virtually no hot cups of tea. And I’ve had to find coping strategies.
The main thing I’ve implemented is making better use of my time, not letting distractions get the better of me. For me, that meant taking a small step back from my blog and from social media.
But there is a plethora of things just waiting to distract home workers, particularly if you don’t create the right working environment.
For anyone considering working from home or looking to make their home working more productive, this infographic from luxury interiors specialist OKA is really useful.
These days, my home office is perfect. It’s not perfect for everyone, but it’s perfect for me.
I have a computer with a huge screen that is set up on my beautiful vintage desk. These days, there’s only one thing missing…
The desk has my computer on it and it has a gorgeous flip top compartment and loads of drawers for me to keep all my bits and bobs in.
I have a built in wardrobe in the office that I could use if I needed more storage space. And if I had more time, I would also be able to make use of the bicycle set up on a turbo trainer that takes up the rest of the space in the room.
There was a time when I first became a work at home mum when most of my work was done on our dining table. Much of that work (including the odd meeting) was done with Libby sitting in her high chair eating various snacks to keep her quiet.
Thank goodness I’ve got into a slightly better routine now. And would I go back to working away from the office and miss out on views like this every day?
Of course not.
Please note, this is a collaborative post. Views and opinions on working from home are my own. And yes, I really do have a bicycle in my office and a dog on my bench.