Is working at home like working at an office?
Answer these questions:
- Do your worst headaches always hit the day you have a deadline?
- Do you get the worst night’s sleep before your big presentation? Maybe because you decided drinking coffee at 9 p.m. was a great idea?
- Does your child wake you in the middle of the night claiming she broke her arm because it feels itchy? And is this the night before a social event with clients?
- Do you oversleep on the day with the most items on your to-do list?
- Do you hit the snooze button five times and then realize the clothes you planned on wearing are still in the washing machine and your gas tank is empty and there’s no way in hell you’ll make it to your appointment on time and now you need at least ten minutes to make up a good excuse? (No Wifi this morning? The electricity went out? The computer froze? Your kid locked the keys in the car? Yes, the kid. Always go with the kid … the stories are believable and cute …)
- Do you think, I’m quitting early today because obviously I can finish this huge project tomorrow morning before I take my kid to school! And is your kid a complete monster that morning? And do you wish you could remove your legs from your body so it’s easier to kick yourself?
Office people, if you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll understand working at home is not much different than in a cube.
Home people, if you answered yes to any of these questions, then shame on you! You made these mistakes when you worked in the office. Somehow you thought your home office would be different? Like it’s a magical castle with unicorns and fairy godmothers and pixie dust?
The more things change, the more they make you look as stupid as they did the first time around.