The Joys of Working From Home

Earlier today, during a spontaneous mid-morning break from my work, I found myself questioning whether or not, after several years of working almost exclusively from home as a freelance translator and researcher, I could go back to working in the ‘real world’ of offices, 9-5 and all that jazz.

While the obvious answer is yes, of course I could, it struck me that the longer I’ve been working from home, the more certain I’ve become that the transition back would be a slow, painful one.

From the freedom to take mid-morning breaks that lead to blog posts like this to the increased productivity associated with working in such a tailored environment, working from home has played a huge part in my personal development.

With that in mind, here are ten conclusions that I’ve drawn based on my adventure so far (with tongue planted firmly in cheek).

  • Family members / friends will never quite understand that ‘at home’ does not equate to ‘doing nothing and likely to be grateful for a call/surprise visit’.
  • Lengthy conversations with pets are entirely normal.
  • My clothing habits have gone beyond the point of no return and I’m OK with that.

  • Caffeine can be used to solve most work-related issues.
  • At this point, my own personal schedule has become so deeply engrained that having to adhere to anybody else’s timekeeping rules would most probably cause my brain to cease functioning.
  • The degradation of social skills is a very real thing.

  • With the vast majority of communication revolving around email conversations, it is essential to become adept at utilising subtle variations in tone, from the ‘I’m really not happy’ staccato sentences to the all-powerful smiley face.
  • These days, anyone complaining about their dreaded commute is automatically met with a smug inward grin as I picture my five-second saunter from bed to office.

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  • Internet connection issues are always cause for unmitigated panic.
  • My boss is pretty awesome.

28 responses to “The Joys of Working From Home”

  1. Great blog post Joseph! Perfectly reflects my freelance life, especially the part about lengthy conversations with pets. My cat is a very good listener, you know 🙂 Have a smashing week!

    1. Thank you very much Dmitry, really glad you liked it! It’s also nice to know I’m not alone in chatting to my cats (I find the conversation is always particularly lively when discussing food). Have a great week 🙂

  2. The procedure for getting your holidays approved is pretty simple too 🙂

    1. haha, yes! You’ve just given me cause for another little smug smile 😀

  3. 😀 So many truths! I reached the point of no return several years ago, there’s no going back to “regular jobs” for me! (by the way, dogs are pretty good listeners too). Thanks for making me laugh!

    1. You’re very welcome Olga! Really glad you liked it. Say hi to your dog(s) from me 😀

  4. […] week, Joseph Lambert published a brilliant post about the pleasures of working from his home office. He also admitted to a certain “degradation […]

  5. Thak you, this post really made me laugh! All of it is so true, I also find that my cats are great listeners! 😉

    1. You’re very welcome, really glad you liked it 🙂 My cats are ignoring me today to sit in the sun, they’ve clearly had enough of my problems!

  6. The worst part is my boss ALWAYS catches me when I am goofing off. I just cannot sneak anything past her.

    1. I know what you mean, I’m just lucky that my boss happens to be really lenient too 😀

  7. Great post, Joseph! Very funny))) The point about internet connection issues is definitely about me)) As for communication with real people, I am lucky: my husband works at home too, so I do not feel lacking anything important in this life.

    1. Thanks Natalia, really glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      I have my fiancée here too but we’ve both been working from home for so long that I think we’ve entered our own little world…
      Have a great week!

      1. You know, eh, children get you out of this little world 😉 At least our 4-year old son makes this world much bigger.
        Have a great week too!

  8. Reblogged this on uxtranslation and commented:
    True-life story!

    1. Thanks a lot, glad you liked it 🙂

  9. Very funny and true… I liked the work-at-home uniforms ! and the fact that friends think they do you a favor (you’re at home, anyway, and probably bored, aren’t you?) if they pass by for a coffee!

    1. Thanks Adriana, glad you liked it 🙂 Have a lovely evening!

  10. I have tried to follow the link sent to confirm but it didn’t work

    1. The link to follow the blog? How strange, must be a problem with WordPress, I’ll see if I can find anything.

      1. Yes, but anyway I see my replies have been accepted.

  11. Great article. I’m glad I have my children home in the afternoon – they keep me sane. Otherwise I’d totally be getting a cat to talk to!

    1. Thanks Jane, glad you enjoyed it! I would say my cats are my children but don’t think that really helps on the sanity front… 🙂

  12. After 7 1/2 years working from home I relate to every-single-thing-you-say

    1. haha, excellent! Glad you liked it Sonia, have a lovely week 🙂

  13. Thank you for the return follow.
    I too work from home although as I teach as well as translate my working life has more structure than you describe.
    I found your blog through a conversation on Proz. Your blog was linked by a person responding to a post about la rentree. 🙂 .

    1. You’re very welcome Louise, looking forward to reading your posts 🙂

      Ah really, it’s always interesting to find out where your posts have popped up. Hopefully it was of some use to the discussion!

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