I Work from Home

I Work from Home by Colin Nissan

OPERATOR: And when’s the last time you saw someone else? Was that today?

ROBERT: Uh, my wife . . . this morning, I guess.

OPERATOR: Anyone else?

ROBERT: I don’t think so. Well, the mailman, but that was through the blinds. I don’t know if that counts.

OPERATOR: I’m afraid not. (Pause.) I’m going to ask you to open the blinds, O.K.? Let’s go ahead and let some light in.

ROBERT: How much light??

OPERATOR: Just a little is fine.

ROBERT: O.K. (Pause.) I did it. (Pause.) It’s bright. It feels so bright on my face.

I’ve been working from home for almost two years now and I can honestly tell you that there are days, weeks even, that are similar.

I recently had a conversation with a colleague that works in one of our offices and she lamented how she wished she could work from home more. I advised against it since I often feel like a hermit and miss the socialization that an office setting gives you. The Oatmeal explains why working from home is both awesome and horrible.

Working from home means you get a lot of freedom in how you dress, how you eat, how many bathroom breaks you can take, and how and where to work but trying to stay motivated to work when there are so many distractions is rough. It takes a lot of discipline and the ability to focus, which on a lot of days I don’t have.