In the past I have written about the positive aspects of working from home. However, at the time of those writings, we certainly weren’t dealing with a pandemic which mandated we do so. There were no quarantine or “stay-at-home” orders. What is different now, from then, you may be asking? One thing I am noting is a change in perspective, brought on by events outside our doors. This can have mental effect, because working from home isn’t a choice currently. It may be a feeling we’re imprisoned.
There have been a few small changes I’ve made in recent days, which have uplifted my current “work from home” outlook. For example, my home office has my desktop computer station against a wall, with my back to a window. These last several days, I have preferred to work from my laptop placed on the dining area table, which looks out to pleasant backyard views. I’m more content there. The beautiful springtime outdoors are more part of my reality.
If there is any silver-lining to current circumstances, it has been in the gas savings and commute time. I happened to glance at my last gas station receipt a couple days ago. I had traveled just 97.3 miles in the last 5 weeks. I was shocked! In the past, I had averaged well over 500 miles in a month. Fortunately, technology has progressed to a point offering considerable independence and escape from the old idea that we are required to travel to a remote office, to conduct work or business. Imagine if this pandemic had occurred in 2000 with less technology available.
To successfully convert to using a home office, one simply needs to redefine how business has been done in the past. And, come to the realization of how much may be gained while using a home office? There are a number of reasons in addition to a pandemic lockdown, which mandates we work from home. There may be family reasons, like cutting daycare costs and leaving a lighter carbon footprint on the planet.
Still others may realize they are more productive not only from savings in commute times, but also because the home workplace "may" be quieter, with less interruption - thus allowing for more work to be accomplished. This may not always be the case if there are small children in the home, however.
Because there can be less stress working from home, those who make the decision, may find themselves more successful and capable of staying in the job or business for the longer haul. For many of us, I suspect we will take advantage of this time to explore the latest advances in technology, which makes working from home advantageous and pleasant!
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