Dangers of Working from a Home Office
There is no denying the many benefits of working from home. From avoiding rush hour traffic to increased personal flexibility, this sounds like a dream come true.
However, before you setup an office at home, there’s something to remember: it’s not always as fun as it sounds.
There are many dangers of working from a home office, including but not limited to:
1. Too Many Hours
When you have access to your office at all times of the day, it’s a challenge to pull yourself away. You’ll find yourself checking your email before you go to bed. You’ll find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to do some work.
It’s okay to be a hard worker, but there’s a fine line between working hard and pushing yourself too far.
2. Lack of Exercise
There’s nothing good about sitting in your office for eight or more hours a day. Not only can this impact your physical well being, but it can take a toll on your mental state as well.
People who work from home are less likely to get exercise, as they don’t have any reason to leave their office. There’s no walk to and from your office and car (or bus station). There’s no “set” lunch break during which you can stretch your legs and get your blood flowing.
3. Procrastination and Distractions
While some people work too many hours because they always have access to their office, others fall into another category: they procrastinate for hours on end.
Maybe you wake up in the morning and convince yourself that you don’t really have to start your day just yet. Or maybe you turn on your television halfway through the day, just to find your favorite movie playing.
Procrastination and distractions will kill your productivity.
If you’re tired of working from home, chat with your employer about your many options. For example, you may be able to rent shared office space, thus putting your work from home problems in the past.