I know it’s not for everyone, but I loved working from home. But I am a homely person and frankly never used to spend enough time here. I would be sitting at my desk in the office, writing home to-do lists and wishing I was in my pyjamas.
Whilst I wouldn’t choose the pandemic if someone gave me a choice, I did enjoy the benefits of working from home.
I was always the person who hated travel time to and from work. I felt uncomfortable in my work clothes and sometimes around other people. As an introvert with high anxiety levels, being at home has done wonders for my mental health.
In this post, I will give you the rundown of the amazing benefits of working from home
For years, I’ve run home from work and the first thing I do is put on my pyjamas. To me, it signifies comfort, homeliness and chilling vibes. These days if I want to stay in my pyjamas all day, that’s fine. I can! I just wish it was acceptable to visit a supermarket or do the nursery drop in them.
Although my workplace wasn’t that far away, a train pass was still almost approaching £60 per month (and that was with a large discount from my employer!).
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We all know when you’re in the office, you sometimes need a pick me up. We had a Yankee candle shop, several well-known eating establishments and a shopping centre right on the doorstep. There were many lunches where I spent the best part of £100, all in the name of a pick me up.
Granted I spend money on electricity and my food whilst I’m at home. but it was more expensive to travel to work.
The hassle of getting everything ready
Lunches, your bag for the next day, the correct clothing (UK weather is unpredictable, even in the summer months).
I mean I’m sure I would have got the hang of it, but I’m glad I never needed to travel much following maternity leave. After dropping the little one at the nursery, I could return home. These days I forget everything. I can’t think of anything worse than an hour commute, remembering all the things I’ve forgotten that day. Then having to go buy any items I’d forgotten. Resulting in me spending more money throughout the day!
Being near home should emergencies arise
When you have a little one, you start to think differently about emergencies and unexpected events. The pandemic taught us all this harsh lesson.
Pre COVID, I was the furthest away from nursery, working the longest hours. Therefore unable to attend should an emergency arise. The natural feeling of guilt and helplessness this brings makes my anxiety levels worse. Working from home meant I didn’t worry about this as much.
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What if things go wrong
To all the parents out there, you will be aware things can go wrong with a toddler. One morning our little one hid my keys in her play tent (I didn’t know this at the time). I had no choice but to leave our front door unlocked and rush to the nursery. I then had to hope someone would buzz me back into the building. I later found my keys, safe in the tent! My anxiety levels were already high and the nursery is only a few streets away. I can’t imagine what I would have done if I was travelling to the office.
Life with a toddler is unpredictable enough. Working from home took away one major stress factor from my life. I hope more businesses start to see the value in allowing people to do this.
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Busy public transport
Do I miss a crowded bus, doing a journey that usually takes 15 minutes in a car? But sitting there for 45-60 minutes, twice a day. No, I don’t miss that experience at all. The only time I’ve been on a bus or train in the last two years is within the last month. It was to take my little one on her first public transport ride, and we managed a cheeky drink at the pub.
I hope you enjoyed reading my reasons for loving working from home.
Do you love it or hate it? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.