Working from home is messy too, but it’s a life few of us are willing to give up, especially when the messes outweigh the alternative: working in a corporate office.
Some days in your home-sweet-home office may be better than others. And then there will be days like this:
- The dog gets sick. This time it’s on the product samples you need to send to a client.
- Your in-laws decide to visit you the same week your biggest project of the year is due.
- Your child is home from school and in a lame attempt to entertain him, you show him how cool your new shredder is. Everything’s fine until you realize you’ve accidentally mixed up your “throw away” pile with your “extremely important” pile of paper. It doesn’t matter because now they’re all one big stack of confetti.
- You’re wearing a suit (finally) and as you’re ready to leave your car, it starts raining. That’s when you remember you never replaced your broken umbrella.
- Your printer runs out of ink when you need to print a proposal and you’re already running late.
- Your smartphone quits working the week after the warranty runs out.
- Your favorite client is laid off and now you have to deal with his boss who is a jerk. It’s hard to take him seriously considering everything your client shared with you about him, including what happened at the last company Christmas party.
- You lose your Internet connection right before a videoconference call you’ve had to reschedule three times.
- Your car is on empty, your meeting is across town, and you don’t have any time to spare.
Working from home has its benefits and its challenges. Every day isn’t going to go as planned, but that’s true in a corporate office too. The difference is that when you work alone, you’re the one who has to keep everything and everyone on track.
So the next time you face any of these messes, try not to get discouraged. Instead of working from the comfort of your home office, you could be stuck in traffic, cornered by a co-worker describing his latest gall bladder surgery, or unable to convince your boss to skip this year’s Christmas party.