5 Reasons I Love Working From Home: A Personal Journey Reflecting on 10 Years Working From Home

Working from home has been a life-changing experience for me. It's a journey that's deeply personal and has allowed me to discover aspects of my life and work that I wouldn't have imagined before. In this heartfelt piece, I want to share the five reasons why I absolutely adore working from home.

Reason 1: Seeing My Child Grow Up

One of the most cherished aspects of working from home is the opportunity to witness my child growing up firsthand. In the past, I would have missed countless milestones – from first steps to first words – because I would have been stuck in an office, miles away, or on the train commuting back. 

Now, I can be there for every magical moment, whether it's a heartwarming smile or a hilarious baby babble through to temper tantrums and mid-morning trips to the park. 

I get to be a part of my child's daily routine, from morning cuddles to bedtime stories. I can't express how much joy it brings me to watch them learn, explore, and develop their unique personality. The bond we share has deepened in ways I could never have experienced while working in a traditional office setting.

Another benefit is I can spend more time with my partner, both as a carer and just generally being present. When I used to commute into London, at times it felt like we just passed in the night.

Reason 2: Commute Is a Time Waste

Remember those long, frustrating hours spent commuting to work? The crowded buses, traffic jams, and packed subways – it all feels like a distant nightmare now. Working from home has given me the gift of time. Instead of wasting hours each day in transit, I can use that precious time to focus on what truly matters.

I no longer dread the daily commute or the exhaustion it brings. Instead, I can savour those extra hours spent with my family, pursuing personal hobbies, or simply relaxing. The reduction in stress from the daily commute has had a profoundly positive impact on my overall well-being.

In Britain (as with America) we have some of the longest commutes in the world. It is crazy to think how much time, productivity and energy goes into getting to work each morning. 

Reason 3: Getting More Work Done

Contrary to the misconception that remote work is less productive, I've found that I actually get more work done from the comfort of my home. The absence of office distractions, constant interruptions, and unnecessary meetings has allowed me to concentrate fully on my tasks.

I can create a workspace tailored to my needs, free from the noise and chaos of a traditional office. This environment has boosted my productivity, enabling me to accomplish more in less time. The ability to work during my peak hours, whether it's early morning or late at night, has made a significant difference in my professional life.

Reason 4: Less Office Bullshit

Let's be honest – the office often comes with its fair share of office politics, drama, and unnecessary bureaucracy. Working from home has provided me with a refreshing escape from all the "office bullshit." I no longer have to navigate through petty conflicts or deal with workplace politics that drain my energy and enthusiasm.

Instead, I can focus on my tasks, collaborate with colleagues when needed, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. The absence of office politics has made my workdays more peaceful, allowing me to channel my energy into meaningful projects rather than office drama.

Reason 5: Helps Me Stay Sane

In a world that can often feel overwhelming, working from home has become a sanctuary of sanity for me. The flexibility and comfort of my home workspace provide a sense of stability and security that I deeply cherish. I can set my own schedule, take short breaks to recharge, and find moments of calm amidst the chaos.

Being able to step outside for a breath of fresh air or take a quick stroll in the park during a break rejuvenates my mind and spirit. I've found that working from home not only enhances my work-life balance but also nurtures my mental and emotional well-being.

In Conclusion

Working from home has been a transformative experience that has touched every aspect of my life. 

From witnessing my child's milestones to reclaiming time lost to commuting, from heightened productivity to escaping office politics, and from maintaining my sanity to rediscovering a profound sense of gratitude – these are the reasons why I truly love working from home. It's a journey that has brought me closer to what matters most, and for that, I am profoundly grateful.

There are downsides to working from home as well, which I highlighted in this article, however, looking back over the last decade I have loved my Working From Home experience and I hope you enjoy yours.

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