Working From Home Isn’t So Bad

By Renzo Guevara
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Before I spent my days waking up and walking maybe 3 or 4 steps until I reached my workstation and slave away to the 9-5, I was a college student who went home at around midnight (or later) on an almost daily basis. My family would be lucky if they see me for more than a couple of hours assuming I’m home on weekends.

Oh how the time’s have changed

I was under the impression that productivity at home was a nonexistent concept. Coffee shops with overpriced products and being in the presence of my friends who would distract me every couple of minutes was the secret formula to success in my mind.

Now I’m just a hermit in my room.

Oh don’t get me wrong. I love it. The peace and quiet allows me to really focus on my job and more importantly, my wallet isn’t screaming at me for buying another iced caramel macchiato.

I used to problematize if I’m going to have enough gas to drive to school and to whatever place afterwards, now I’m just worrying about what game I’m loading up after my shift.

Working from home has been great.

It might be hard to believe, but the ability to earn money without having to remove my pajamas is genuinely awesome.

Time saver.

The outside world is very distracting. Restaurants, movies, cafes, your buddy’s house, spontaneous road trips are all very fun and I’ll admit, took up the majority of my time back then but I can’t say I was the most productive as well.

Working from home has a lot of hidden benefits that I feel like is mostly overshadowed by the sad idea that we are all dealing with a pandemic and that it isn’t safe to be out.

Clock in n’ out anytime, anywhere.

I believe that if things were different and that I was required to be at the office every single day, I probably wouldn’t like my job as much as I do now. It’s the freedom and flexibility of remote work that allows me to have a much more personalized and distinct separation of work from play.

It’s the same, but better.

If before, you would be stuck in the same place for 8 hours - a place that’s just purely all work and business, now, you’re stuck in another place too but you’re free to be more “expressive” than you normally would be in the office.

Don’t tell me you can pet your dog while at work or whip up a random snack or even watch Netflix on the side while you are doing a report. You couldn’t even pick your nose without at least one person noticing it.

Now, you’re free to do whatever you want (while still doing your job of course). I had a meeting with our CEO while he was just lying down on his bed. And you know what? I don’t blame him.

 

Pretty cool, right?