My Ten Realities of Working At Home

1. If I’m lazy before, then I am SUPER lazy now.

The perks of working at home gave me the flexibility to work in any part of the house at any given time. Because of this luxury, I can wake up ten minutes before work and just open my laptop while I’m still in bed then start working. I only need to get up to get food or go to the bathroom. It also doesn’t help that my home office is just a few steps from the bedroom. Laziness is real people! I admit that on some days I don’t take a shower and on most days, I do brush my teeth.

2. The concept of Food Scheduling is thrown out of the window.

Back when I’m still working at my “Society-approved” job (A real office, with real office politicians), there is this strict break time schedule. A time for morning break, lunch break, and afternoon break. But now, I can eat my snacks anytime I want, drink tea every hour of the day, and eat my lunch at odd hours (because I’m in the zone and I don’t want to disrupt my productivity). It doesn’t help that I have a stash of snacks near my computer table. It also goes without saying that within the few months of working from home, I did gain a lot of weight and I’m too lazy to do anything about it.

3. Video and Music Streaming every minute and every hour of my workday.

I am honestly one of those few people in the world who cannot concentrate when there is no music or people chattering at constant volume and pace. I cannot for the life of me focus on the task at hand without one of them. It’s not like I’m actively listening to the music or watching the movie, I just needed something to anchor my train of thought and not stray. TBH, I play movies in the background because working at home alone can get lonely. The movies create the scenery that I am working with other people without being obligated to chat with them – it improved my productivity.

4. Productivity level increased.

The only distraction I’ve had so far is my grandma yelling at me that it’s lunchtime and I have to eat – at 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, and 12NN. Every hour. She’s quite old and she doesn’t really have the sense of time anymore and she often forgets things like when she already asked me what time I’m going to eat lunch at 9AM and then again the next hour. Sometimes she forgets that I’m home altogether. I love her.

5. The Internet is all mine.

Back when I was working at a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company as a Marketing Virtual Assistant, we were only given a maximum of 1 Mbps internet speed and not allowed to download big files else it would affect the productivity of other employees. But when we are given the permission to do so (because the client requested it), we were given a lot of grief. Needless to say, 1 Mbps was a luxury. 1-point-something Mbps was an honour. Well, NOT ANYMORE.

6. Anxiety level is high.

I used to love meeting new people, trying new things. Go out on an adventure spontaneously. But now that I am working from home and I can go on days without leaving the comforts of my grandparent’s house, it’s like I forgot how to be social. I would always come off as agitated or very insecure to other people. I admit that I would scowl at children when they make eye contact (No, I’m not proud of it.) Most of the time, I’m just scared of people.

7. I save a lot more money.

With my current setup, there is free food, no need for transportation money, no rent or electric bills of my own, and free internet.

8. I have credit card debts.

Quitting my corporate job to start working from home needed a huge investment when it came to tech gears. At the time, I didn’t own a laptop and a decent camera, I also own an outdated windows phone (let’s face it windows apps mostly suck). All three of which I needed to start working online as a social media manager, content curator, and graphic designer. There was only one thing to do without a huge budget at hand, buy these things at 0% interest, 12-month instalment.

9. Traveling at any time is possible.

Only if your schedule permits you. The sad reality is that you won’t be able to travel full time if you have a full-time client BUT you can live in different parts of the country or the world at any time.

My schedule is usually Weekdays, so the strategy is to travel during the weekends and then stay for a week or two at the place to have ample time to explore and mingle with the locals.

10. I can complete my BUCKET LIST.

If travelling is possible, then it goes without saying that I can finally cross off the items on my bucket list. But first I need to get out of the house (again, laziness is real).

Can you relate to my realities or did I miss something? Let me know it the comments below!

Don’t forget to follow my adventures or misadventures thru my Instagram page.

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