Ken & Lucy from LightFM were chatting about Thursday 9th May being ‘Work at Home’ Day. They were inviting listeners to text in and vote for one or the other as to who should be working at home on that day. Ken, at one time, was encouraging listeners to vote for him and he mentioned ‘having a day off’. My ears pricked up at that. I was on the road at the time so found a safe spot to pull over so I could text him and let him know that working at home does NOT mean having a day off. It means he still has to work. 🙂 I hope he got the message!
Not sure where they get their list of ‘official days’ from. I found this one but it says it’s ‘lost sock memorial day’ on 9th May. I did find this one that says it’s ‘work at home mums week’ next week. Coincides with OIVAC really (if you’re a VA have you booked yet? This is a really good annual event for VAs to attend – from their home office).
At any rate, going back to our topic, ‘working at home’, it is nice to see that people want to do this. For those of us who already work at home, we know what a privilege it is, but also how easy it is to get distracted, or despondent, if we don’t have good systems in place, and people to encourage us when we need it. So for those who choose to ‘work at home’ for one day because it’s being recognised, I doubt they’ll really understand or get a feel for what it’s like, till they’ve been doing it daily for a good 6-12 months or more. I know, for me, it felt like I was on holiday for a long time, while playing with my computer and doing stuff for people. But it hasn’t felt like that since my first year in business.
If you’re considering working at home, make sure you do have the right set up at home so you can sit comfortably and use your equipment properly, without suffering physical problems, aches and bad backs. If you do experience those things, something isn’t set up right and needs to be fixed… now! And make sure you do take breaks and set boundaries. It is all too easy to work all hours of the day and night, because the work is there.