1. You look forward to waking up the next day
Before, five snoozes and a sprint to the shower. Barely making it to the bus stop on time. Barely awake while stuck in traffic. Tired and cranky because you’re rushed.
It’s a race against the clock.
Now, I wake up within a one hour window, same time every day. It helps mitigate the nights you stay up a little later. You know, because who the hell goes to bed at the same time every night?
I leave the blinds open so natural sunlight helps get me up instead of my alarm. Waking up to light is so much better than an alarm. Try it.
Since you don’t have to go anywhere immediately, you can roll out of bed, drink some coffee, and read the first email. Before you act, you can screw around to wake yourself up, then get back to work. You control your morning.
Love those 30 minute showers you get on the best Saturdays? They’re yours every single day when you’re working from home.
Everyone should look forward to the next day. Not dread it.
2. You don’t worry about doing work, you care about being effective
Before, a struggle to stay focused when your attention wanes. The struggle after lunch. The struggle at 4PM. More often than not, the struggle at 10AM once the morning jitters wear off. You feel locked at your desk, unable to do anything but sit and stare at what must be done. All throughout the week your personal errands pile up.
You feel like shit.
Now, I follow the rhythms of my body. Short 30-50 minute bursts of activity, then 10 minutes or more of rest. When I need to knuckle down on a task that will take hours, the shelter of your own room is so much more forgiving than a noisy office.
If I feel the need to perform personal business, I go at it without abandon or shame. Need to go to the grocery store? Need to run an errand? Perfect spot to take a break. Work is always there. Kill two birds with one stone.
Ever ask why the hell banks close early on Saturdays and are rarely open on Sunday? Hate missing the day because of an appointment or car repair? Never again when you work from home.
Some tasks are better off in the morning, some in the afternoon, and most right before bed after you had an entire day to think about it.
Creative energy is not linear throughout your day. Why do we traditionally work like it is?
3. You learn the importance of time to be yourself
Before, act professional, no absurd humor, no crude remarks, no banter, no fun. You’re an employee. You’re someone else’s property.
You spend 8 hours a day being someone you’re not.
Now, I can sit around in my favorite clothes, wait to take a shower until the evening, and talk shit about whatever I want. Repeatedly blast the same song into bleeding levels of red or continually laugh at the dumbest gif off Imgur at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
No one gives a fuck.
I’m able to express my feelings and thoughts honestly in the comfort of my own home, even if no one else hears me. All that matters is that it’s off my chest.
How often do you get to be honest at a 9-5?
4. You’re more appreciate of times you do socialize
Before, every day I see the same people, same routine, and same social motions. You take the commute, the scenery, and the conversations for granted.
It’s not your choice to interact, it’s your duty as colleague.
Now, I’m not ever really sure when I’ll go into the office. When I do, it’s a blessing in disguise. Because I haven’t seen some co-workers the entire week, I talk. I listen. I smile.
I’m freely choosing to spend my time with them instead of putting on a facade because we’re both shackled to the same office.
You go a few days, a week, even a year, without meaningful social interaction, and you understand it’s best when it’s your choice. And it’s worst when it’s forced.
Socializing is a responsibility that’s best handled when you’re ready for it.
5. You realize life is beautiful in the afternoons
Ever taken a guilt-free joy ride up north on a Tuesday while everyone else is grabbing their second coffee? Surprised a friend at their work? Called your parents when it was convenient for them instead of you?
Saw a movie by yourself?
Ever done anything in the afternoon on the weekdays other than go out to lunch with your co-workers?
How much of the world we miss because of tradition.