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Working From Home: Expectation Vs Reality

What Working From Home Is Really Like

Do you work from home? Or maybe you've been contemplating making the switch to working from home for a while now. After all, you see all those post of girl bosses and mums kicking butt while working from home, balancing family and friends and work life all so seamlessly. Or at least that's what they'd like you to believe. Before I started to work from home, I had some preconceived ideas of what working from home might just look like. Then, reality come and gave me a little shake back down to earth. Here is what I expected working from home to look like... and here is what it looked like in real life. 

Expectation:


So many cute skirts! A whole wardrobe dedicated to shoes! Will have so much time in the morning as I don't have to commute to work that I will be able to put together a cute outfit and full face of makeup and do my hair.

Reality:

Carrie Bradshaw really gave us some unrealistic standards of fashion for freelancers and girl bosses that work from home. I usually call it a success if I get out of my dressing gown to drop my kid off at school, 

Expectation:


I will have such a cute desk space and have everything organised! I've designed everything perfectly and will always keep my desk in order!

Reality:


I swear there's a desk under here somewhere.

Expectation:


I'll get so much work done! I'm going to be so productive and definitely won't get distracted by anything!

Reality:


I've watched every single season of every show on Netflix ever. 

Expectation:


Working from home will mean that I have a way better work/life balance and that I can be present with my family way more.

Reality:


I am currently nursing a sick baby while I balance this laptop on one leg so I can respond to emails. I've had three hours sleep and my blood is pure caffeine. 

All said and done, however, working from home is the greatest privilege I have. It has it's struggles, its days that are harder than others, but it is the best time I've had in my career so far. What other realities did you find were different to your expectations when you started working from home?

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