Some might think that working from home would be the ideal situation.
After all, the workplace environment can be draining to the mind, body and soul. Fluorescent lights, uncomfortable chairs, annoying co-workers; these things can grate on a person.
I hear about people that work at home who say it’s the best thing they ever did. You get to sleep in, wear your pajamas all day, take breaks whenever you want… it’s like paradise!
I put forth a different perspective.
I’m writing this column at home. As I type this, I am on my couch, under a blanket, TV on and a cat trying to get my attention.
Every few seconds, I stop to see what’s happening on the TV. Then I lose my train of thought and have to go back and look over what I’d just written as there may be a few words accidently typed in due to the character’s dialogue creeping into my subconscious.
I started off sitting on my couch, but gradually have made my way down to half laying on my side. In another 10 minutes, I may abandon sitting up all together and just lay down all the way. It’s cold outside, and I have a blanket that’s nice and warm. Warm blankets are detrimental to good work ethic.
Then there’s the cat.
One of my cats is fiercely independent. The other is not. Guess which one is walking all over my laptop, my coffee table, my legs and my arms looking for attention?
I love my cats, I really do. But when I’m trying to formulate coherent thoughts for you to read at your leisure, having a poofy tail in my face or razor sharp claws in my shoulder makes that all the more difficult.
As much as we all have our days where we’d rather stay home in our PJ’s – especially the last couple days (-40 C is a temperature fit for neither man nor beast) – being able to get up and leave our homes and have someplace to go during the day is almost better for us.
Especially me, because if I didn’t have to leave my home, I’d be a hermit.
It’s also nice for the social interaction. I’m not particularly outgoing, so having to interact with coworkers gets me my people fix and occasionally reiterates my whole ‘I hate people’ mentality.
I‘m just kidding, y’all are alright.
So I’ll get up and put on actual outside clothes and make my way to my office each and every work day. I may start bringing the blanket along if the cold keeps up, though.