how to work from home

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Two days a week I get to do this glorious thing called working from home. It's one of the few perks to being an editor, I guess. We may get paid like a mediocre Taco Bell employee, but boy howdy! We can correct your comma splices from the comfort of our homes.

It's ironic to me, the extreme extrovert who decided to get an office job just to be around people, enjoys nothing more than NOT being around people. As fabulous as the gals in my office are, they don't hold a candle to plopping my buns on my bed all day, looking a fright, and not budging (unless Baby Girl presses on my ever-shrinking bladder).

After nearly a year of having a few days a week to not go into the office, I'm pretty sure I've mastered this. Here are some tips for having the best work-from-home day possible.

1. Avoid personal hygiene. No makeup (aka avoid mirrors). No showers (try not to smell yourself). Most WFH days, I don't even slap D.O. on the unquestionable B.O. protruding from my pits. (Lucky, Grahm.) You've got no one to impress, my friend. You may feel grody, but you'll also feel fantastically free au naturale. Nothing says, I'm staying at home all day like making the conscious decision to not brush your buckeyes that morning. (So if you're wondering why I never want to hang out on Wednesday, you're welcome.)

2. Avoid anything restraining. This is especially important to me to experience the full effect of the working-from-home magic. "Anything restraining" includes pants, contacts, over-the-shoulder-boulder holders, and anything else that defies my "let it all hang out" motto. (FREEEEDOM!) Just say no.

3. And last but not least, avoid movement. Have your computer by your bedside. Wake up two minutes prior to when you need to get signed on. Run downstairs and grab as much food as you can carry, then go back to bed. Remember, working from home is like camping. You don't do a lot. You smell terrible. But all your food is within two feet of you. And that, my friends, is always a winner of a situation.

22 comments:

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

As someone who works from home 5 days a week - YES. Also, the try not to roll your eyes when someone says "oh! how fun! so you could clean your house and do laundry all day long?" NO. working from home does not mean that I have no work to do.

Amy said...

freedom + avoiding movement + food + not caring what the heck you look OR smell like = a day i could go for!

Kalyn V said...

Working from home sounds magical.

Kelsey Eaton said...

As an online student I do these things far more often than I would care to share haha!

Kayla Peveler said...

I WISH I could work from home!!!! I'd be all over not showering, D.Oing... all of that ;) lucky gal.

Becky said...

I hope one day I can use your tips!!! I used to work for my internship from school which just required me to log on to my email at least once a week - prettty easy!

Venassa said...

This made me laugh. And wish I could work from home.It would be so much easier some days.

Jo said...

I work from home one day a week and I completely recognize all of this!

Erin LFF said...

#3 is my fave- I love the camping analogy and would totally have half the fridge in bed with me haha! Hoping my job will eventually allow for some flexibility to work from home!

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

I'm in the process of becoming self-employed, which means 100% working from home for me. Cannot wait.

Lex said...

I'm an editor, too! I love having the option to work from home and, believe me, I take full advantage of it on Fridays! If only we got paid more than your average fast food employee...

Nikki said...

I luckily get to work from home fairly often and it's the greatest. Nothing like rolling over, turning on your computer and relaxing in your PJ's all day.

Julie Joy said...

Oh that sounds super wonderful! Some days I just don't want to get ready for work and look presentable! Thanks for the tips ;)

Jamie said...

Hahah! That's pretty much how I handled working from home too!

Melissa said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I don't get to work from home very often, but when I do, it's just like this! Although sometimes I kid myself and think I'm going to be productive around the house at the same time. But I quickly realize that's just silly. :)

Emilie Bordeleau-Laroche said...

ha! What a great post! I definitely agree with you! I love having a day where I don't have to shower or get dressed! I'm so jealous that you're an editor! I would LOVE to do that (especially the work from home part!)

Elle Vee said...

haha sounds like I need to get onto this!

Miki {Becoming What I Always Was} said...

Oh man. I need to start working from home! That sounds fabulous to me, it also sounds like every Saturday in my household!

Pamela said...

Your comment about how working from home is like camping cracked me up!!! Ha! Wish I could do this! I just know I would be so good at it ;)

Bridgette Nicole said...

This is SO funny! My hubby works from home and this is him to a T!! :) :)

Danielle Carroll said...

Haha! So funny! I occasionally work from home as well (also correcting comma splices, btw!) and I definitely think these are great tips!

Mason's Mama said...

Love this! By the end of October I will be working at home full time!