Sunday, March 25, 2018

Five Things I Have Learned From Working At Home.


I don't know if I classify as the regular "working from home"-girl. But I would put myself in the category. At least at the moment. I am not a full-time blogger. I am actually a student, my Blog and Instagram are side jobs. So I spend three-quarter of my time working from home. Whether these are university assignments, taking pictures or sending out invoices.

So today I want to share with you five things I have learned from working from home. 

1. Setting your own schedule is amazing, but dangerous. 
I won't talk it down. Setting your own work schedule is absolutely amazing. If you don't feel great, or something super important came up in your personal life: take the day off! Without having to justify anything to your boss. Because you are your boss! Amazing, isn't it? Well, it also can have downsides. You can easily take time off, but you will find yourself working nights and nights in a row because something big came up and you still have a deadline to meet. Also, work never really ends for me. Even in the night when my boyfriend is reading articles about bikes or whatever he is currently into, I find myself replying to emails, Instagram or blog comments. This is why setting boundaries and clear schedules are so important. And I definitely have to work on that. A LOT!

2. You will have a special connection with your postman. 
What can I say.. Of course, you will end up ordering way more online because you leave your house way less. Even a small thing like a new light bulb seems so much easier to buy on Amazon than going to an actual store. AND if you happen to be a blogger, you probably end up receiving loads of PR parcels. So the relationship to your postman will be... interesting. You will meet him a lot, he might give you a confused look because he is wondering why the heck you are always at home and how do you manage to order so much stuff? 

3. Snacks, snacks and snacks.
I don't know what it is, but working from home makes me hungry all the time. Especially during exam period, I feel like I need a snack 24/7. So it is important to be prepared so you don't end up eating cereal for three meals a day. Even having a big bottle of water or iced tea helps so much. 

4. It sounds more glamorous than it is. 
I always have that romanticised picture in my head of people working from home going to coffee shops or parks all the time. Working in the middle of the crowd and just looking so important and cool. Well.. most likely you won't ever do that. Getting dressed and making yourself look presentable will seem way too exhausting... when you can stay in your oversized tee and a messy bun at home and make your own coffee (or for me: tea). 

5. People will think you don't work. 
I come across this A LOT! Most people think that if you work from home, especially when you work for yourself, you don't REALLY work. Yes, it is different to a normal office job. But then again... it's not that different. At the end of the day you have to get your shit done, you have to make money, you have to meet deadlines. It's true, you can schedule your time yourself. But with regular jobs, you go home after work and you are done. When you work for yourself you are never really done. Of course, there are exceptions to this..

What are your experiences or expectations at working from home? 

xx Lisa

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  1. Loved this post! I used to work from home and I agree with everything you said. It's so easy to just give yourself time off, so scheduling is a must. And its so annoying that people assume you don't work- I used to get that a look!

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  2. Your point on the postman is so true, that made me laugh so much! My postman and I are now on a first-name basis it's hilarious! Lovely post :)x

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  3. I can relate to this! Especially for the last part. I work freelance as graphic designer and a lot of people ask me why I don't go to the office lol. Thanks for sharing! this is a really nice post!

    Dian
    http://www.cupofscarf.com

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  4. I totally agree with everything your wrote and I can relate to it. When one is blogging, one often finds oneself always working, always thinking about new things, developing ideas, replying to emails and so on.

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  5. The postman part is so true lol. For me I get so into my work that sometimes I forget to eat lol


    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  6. Great post.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  7. Number 5 is so true! it's the same for office jobs. and then yessss lots of snacks! xx

    |Elegant Duchess|

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  8. Great post detailing both the pros and cons!

    Gabrielle Isabella x

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  9. I can totally see myself eating non-stop if I worked at home. Such a temptation!

    Deanna
    www.luxandvitae.com

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    1. Haha you have no idea.. such a struggle!

      x Lisa

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  10. Love this post! I agree with a lot of the things you listed - especially with always being hungry when working from home!

    xx Chelsea
    www.organizedmessblog.com

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  11. Oh this is soooo true!!!! I totally agree with every point, but honestly, I really hate the last one. It's so hard to explain that you're working equally like other people :D

    xx Elisa

    Ellysa

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  12. Every now and again I work from home if it makes sense for me to and it's definitely hard to stick to your own schedule I find! Some days I can be really motivated when working from home, but other times I can literally just end up in my dressing gown not wanting to do anything! I do always feel that little bit guilty, worried that people think I'm not working even though I definitely do, so know what you mean! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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    1. I am so glad you could relate Caroline!

      x Lisa

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  13. I honestly Don't think I could do it, and have so much respect for people who can! I struggle to even do college work at home without being endlessly distracted!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Oh it's all trial and error lovely :)

      x Lisa

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  14. I love these types of lifestyle posts. Thanks for the insights!

    James
    http://lookingoodfeelinfine.com/

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  15. I completely agree with you, when working from home sometimes it seems impossible to switch of specially when you're working for yourself.

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  16. Thank you for sharing this =)
    -mainou
    http://www.looksbymc.com

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  17. Ich kann dir in allen Punkten nur zustimmen. Home Office an sich ist toll, aber weder glamourös, noch sitzt man den ganzen Tag nur rum. Leider denken das auch immer noch sehr viele, was mich persönlich tatsächlich oft nur nervt... :(

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  18. I found that people thought that I just used to slack off all the time, it was so frustrating!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  19. This is so on-point dear, and I couldn't agree more, especially on the 4th. Indeed, it's not as glamorous as most people think. Getting all glammed up to work on your laptop on a coffee shop is simply not practical. ha!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  20. Everything depends on how you set everything in you head and on your paper (if you do to-do list). But I agree with that how people think this is so much better that regular work. Yeah, it is, but you still need to work and you need to push yourself or nobody will.

    https://nikolinahajdinic.blogspot.hr/

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    1. Absolutely! I always feel like it depends what kind of person you are. If you are very self motivated working at home is the best for you. I not.. then maybe an office job is better :)

      x Lisa

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  21. Working from home is the best thing ever. I love being able to make my own schedule. Also, doing what you love, no better feeling than that.

    www.fashionradi.com

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  22. I sometimes think it is actually harder to work from home than to work in an office. You just have so many distractions! I am sure you know that all too well haha.

    Melanie
    The Mel Division

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    1. So true haha.. the distractions are everywhere!

      x Lisa

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  23. I don't only work from home, but I put a lot of time into my blog. Whenever I have free time, I'm working on it. My parents think, if I stayed home all day on my computer that I haven't done anything all day, which isn't the case at all. It's annoying when people don't understand, but it's whatever. Great post Lisa xxx

    Melina | melinaelisa.com

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  24. I've always struggled with the isolation of working from home, even though I like having my own space i can get too comfortable going days without much interaction. It's true people think it's soooo glamorous but everything comes with it's pros and cons. Lovely post girlie

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

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    1. Yes isolation is a big problem.. totally agree!

      x Lisa

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  25. Interesting read! I don't work from home (5 days/week in an office), but I consider my blog as part-time which means that there are a few full days a week I just sit down in the dining room for example and focus 100% on my blog. I find it so hard to stay productive sometimes unless I drag myself to a coffee shop! I think it can definitely be harder to work for yourself that for a company and in an office - as you call all the shots which definitely is harder than it sounds!

    http://skylish.co.uk

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    1. YES! So true Kemi.. thanks for reading!

      x Lisa

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  26. Ooh thank you for sharing your experience! I do like the idea of working from home fully someday, but... it seems a bit lonely? How do you deal with that if you ever felt that way? :\

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    1. Yeah it can get quite lonely. But I am lucky as I still go to Uni a couple of days a week so I actually get to see people haha.. other than that working from a cafe might be a good option :)

      x Lisa

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  27. People always say to me it must be amazing to work from home and I do adore it, most of the time, but i think it is so important to remember the drawbacks! It can be so lonely, and that is really hard. People who work from home also generally (me included) struggle to know the boundaries of when to stop working. The sacrifices! Such a lovely post, it is so nice to hear someone talking so honestly about the realities of home work!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

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    1. YESSSS! I am so glad you could relate girl!

      x Lisa

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  28. It definitely sounds a lot more glamorous than it is. I never look great and I'm always either in my pj's, sweatpants or leggings with an oversized jumper. Comfort is key haha

    www.thelisasworld.com

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  29. your tips are amazing! Sometimes its so hard to work from home for me because I do everything exept from working

    Isabel from isabelciel.com

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  30. Loving your style! You are so chic. Would you like to follow for follow on Bloglovin? :)

    Xx,

    http://beatricebalaj.com/

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  31. I need to set goals for the day to make sure that I do them! I make sure to include things around the house (like emptying the dishwasher) but it's inevitable that I will want to do something around the house..

    Also, having healthy snacks and food options helps a lot to avoid having junk food!

    Seppy | www.elleisforlove.com

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  32. You are so right girl!

    x Lisa

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Thank you! xx