Maybe I’m Just Lazy
By Renzo Guevara
We live in unprecedented times wherein our work suddenly invaded the safe spaces of our home. Despite being in moment’s reach the comfort of your bed and the escape of your leisure, performance can increase by up to 13% as revealed by a study at Stanford.
Working from home isn’t making you less productive, you’re just too lazy to think otherwise. I get it, it’s easy to think that you can get away with doing other things other than work because no one else is around to call you out for it. What most fail to realize are the benefits of being in the comfort of your own home while at the same time, earning that bread, because it’s not what we’re used to. We believed that our “normal” meant having to separate work from play but, maybe that’s not so much the case anymore nowadays. Excuse me while I try to convince myself of this thought.
“Look at me, I’m the captain now”
Okay fine, maybe knowing that your bed is just an arm’s reach from your computer convinces you to take more naps than you ever could at work. Or maybe the home wifi isn’t blocking Netflix like the one in the office. Or you’re just stuck in the cycle of typing maybe three words into that email then telling yourself that you deserve a one hour break. We’ve all been there and who can blame us?
It’s our home and we can do whatever we want. But, that’s exactly why it can also help improve our productivity.
A study conducted by Stanford that involved 16,000 workers discovered that working from home can increase performance by up to 13% due to more calls per minute, and a quieter working environment. The study also yielded improved work satisfaction and cut attrition rates by 50%.
Working from home eliminates the possibility of being easily distracted by your co-workers and talking about non-work related topics. You can also spend 7% less time talking to management -- I don’t know with you but, any option that lets you avoid talking to your boss is a win in my book.
Freedom is… the right to write the wrong words. – Patti Smith
Admit it, you have made a couple of mistakes with your job and no one noticed it because you didn’t include it in your online report. I’m not the only one who did that...right?
It’s the freedom you get when you’re not conscious about the people looming over you in a work setting. You are more entitled to how you spend your time. Committing to having 30 minutes work intervals with 15 minutes of rest doesn’t necessarily look good in the office. Your co-worker sees you pulling out a phone and suddenly they’re writing a letter of betrayal to send to your supervisor explaining why they should get the promotion because they didn’t try to be a normal person for a few minutes while in the shift.
Airtasker survey revealed that 37% of remote workers say that taking regular breaks leads to more productivity. The pomodoro technique is a great example of this. Get a snack, play with your dog, watch a few minutes of that documentary, flirt with your crush—all this you can’t really do in the office.
Figure out a system that works best for you and your comfort.
Gone are the days of being late for work. You can wake up five minutes before a meeting and no one will be any wiser. The time and resources it took for you to travel can now be used for other activities that matter to you such as eating, exercising, or whatever floats your boat at the moment. One day, you will be able to tell your grandchildren that you pitched a major project and you didn’t even have to get out of your pajamas.
Working from home is the necessary system shock we all had to endure when the pandemic started. There will always be pros and cons to it. No one really knew how to deal with it because we never really had to in the first place. Now that companies are more settled in, people are starting to realize that you don’t really need to be in the office for 8 hours a day. Sometimes, you just have to admit that this really could’ve just been an email.