There are a great number of people that think ‘Wow, working from home would be SO amazing! You’re so lucky!’ — and yes, they are right! ……most of the time. For everything that is awesome about working from home, there is also a downside that many people do not realize. I’m going to talk about just a few of them below…
Except for 2 days a week, my daughters are home with me. Bonus, I don’t pay for childcare, and also if they are sick and need to stay home, I have the flexibility to take the time to be home with them! But on the other hand, most days this means I have to juggle my work around them..and often, working away at my laptop with them in the background. (even while beginning this blog post, I have already taken a break to make a snack for my daughter, and prevented the other one from colouring on the wall) For those of you that work in a nice quiet office..can you imagine being on the phone with a client, and suddenly your child decides they would like to announce loudly that they have to go potty? Or what if suddenly Dora the Explorer starts blaring? Welcome to my daily life 🙂 On evenings and weekends, when my husband is home, I often take advantage of the time that I can get work done without interruption because he is taking over the childcare! I think its great that the girls have “Daddy time” – they go shopping or do something fun together. The downside of this – I miss out on having family time because I’m working..and I feel guilty.
Awesome – I work from home..if I want I can crawl out of bed on a Saturday and work in my pajamas all day if I want to! Downside – the doorbell rings and its a client stopping by unannounced to pick up their print order…and I’m in my PJ’s at 2 in the afternoon…not cool. If you really thought about it, how often do you plan on doing nothing for a day but then quickly decide to run out to the store or go to catch a matinee movie? What if you couldn’t do that because a client told you that they would “stop by sometime in the afternoon” and you had to wait for them instead? Bummer.
Awesome – I work from home..I can throw a load of laundry in the wash while I work! Downside – while I’m working on business things..I’m constantly thinking “I should throw a load of laundry in the wash” or “I should empty the dishwasher” or “I should get the vacuuming done today”….you get the idea. And while I’m doing the laundry, or emptying the dishwasher or vacuuming – I’m usually thinking about business things..”I should get that blog post up today” or “I should get that session edited” or “I need to respond to that email”…….my life is in a constant state of “I should be doing x…” Granted I think there is a certain amount of this for the average person, thinking about work when at home, and thinking about home while at work – but the difference is that for the average person who is AT a workplace outside of the home you don’t have the ability to ACT on those thoughts, so there is still a separation there which makes it easier.
And what about relaxation? For a lot of people, you have set days and hours that you go to a place of work. When you’re done, you leave that place and come home, and have a different mindset about relaxation. How many people say “TGIF! (Thank God Its Friday!) Meaning-work is done for the week..time OFF the clock..and now they have 2 days to not think about work until Monday morning! Weekend! Woohoo! This is actually difficult for me..yesterday was Sunday, I worked on a couple of things in the morning, but then sat on my back deck and enjoyed sitting in the sun with a good book. This was actually a conscious decision for me! To say to myself, “Its a beautiful sunny day, I need to take a break from work and enjoy it before the summer is over!”
Think about it…your home is your work, you work is your home. Its difficult to separate the two and stay sane for a long period of time! In attempt to protect my family time and my off hours – I am now implementing official Studio Hours.
There is going to be a period of adjustment I’m sure..and I am going to need help both from my clients respecting these hours, AND from my family reminding me of these hours.
So here they are – Studio Hours:
Phone and Email hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
Any email/voicemail received outside of these times will be responded to the next business day.
Order Pickup: Wednesdays 9 am-11 am OR 7 pm-9 pm
If you miss pickup day, you will have to wait until the following week!
(by appointment only)
Newborns – Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am
Maternity – Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7pm
Saturday appointments are limited and subject to an additional fee of $50
(by appointment only)
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am and 7pm.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING! 🙂