The perils of working from home

I’ve been a work-at-home parent for a couple of weeks now and am slowly getting used to my new routine. I’m SO much happier than I was in my office-based job but, at the same time, have to admit that I’ve struggled a little with finding the right work/life balance. Starting my new career as a freelancer just in time for the start of the summer holidays isn’t ideal timing, but you can’t have it all! Here are a few other things that I’ve learned so far about the perils of working from home:

Noisy neighbours

My ‘office’ is also our bedroom, which is at the front of the house. We live in what I thought was a quiet neighbourhood but it’s really bloody busy during the day! Today alone, I’ve had my efforts at crafting compelling copy thwarted by a bloke with an angle grinder and another one with a strimmer as well as several cars outrageously flouting the speed limit. I’m just waiting for the marching band to come along…

Lazy days

To begin with, I made sure I was up, showered, dressed, breakfasted and at my desk for 9am. Today, I started work half an hour late and was still in my pyjamas at lunchtime. I discovered it was National Lazy Day though, so I’m not going to feel too bad about it.

In a funk

Due to the fact that they popped up to say hello while I was uploading my first ever vlog post, Dylan and Xander seem to think that ‘work’ entails me watching videos on YouTube all day. Whenever they come to see me now, they demand that I play them Uptown Funk as it featured in Dylan’s end of school show. I know all the words now.

Football’s coming home

I still get ridiculously excited about the start of the football season. It’s not just the matches though – I’m way too easily distracted and the temptation to read transfer news is often too great – especially as I never had any time to read such things in my old job. How can I possibly work when there could be some top-notch ITK (in the know, for the unversed) information about who’s going to partner Harry Kane this season?

Boundary disputes – with myself

It’s so difficult hearing the boys ready to declare war on each without intervening. Kate and I have agreed that, as much as possible, we’ll act as though I’m not in the house while I’m working. I don’t want to feel like I’m undermining her but, at the same time, don’t want to look as though I don’t care. Argh!

Do you work from home? Which problems do you encounter?

3 Comments
  • JohnC
    August 16, 2015

    All of the above! I’m constantly amazed at the amount of traffic there is in my village during the day. Haven’t seen a marching band yet but…

    What I’ve found really helpful is a timer. One solid hour of work, 15 minutes with the kids. And repeat. My kids are old enough (youngest is 5) to understand this and work with it. Also I’m lucky enough to be working from home only 2 days a week right now.

    My biggest problem is “the list”. This is the stuff around the house and garden that needs doing anyway. Chase builders for quotes, sort out new strings for violin, return library books… Still, so far so good!

  • Juan-Carlos Rodriguez
    August 26, 2015

    Our boy is only 4 months old, and when he cries for attention it is impossible to ignore him so find myself leaving my work in mid-flow. I cannot imagine what it will be like when he is running around!

  • Kate
    March 17, 2016

    I cant juggle the housework, general work admin and actual work time – before I know it 3pm has come and its time to pick the kids up….

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