Preparing For The Work Day

I’ve been working from home now for 7 months. There’s one question that I get asked that boggles my mind every time I hear it.

Why do you get ready when you don’t have to go anywhere?

*Insert eye roll here*

Let Me Clear The Air Here

To be clear, my work from home job isn’t one of those “pyramid schemes.” Ugh. I actually hate that word. But I’m not sure how else to describe it. I actually have a lot of respect for the people that do something like that. They do work hard to make a living and there’s no reason to discount their work.

But for me, my work from home job is in Social Media Marketing. It’s what I went to school for. Having the luxury to work from home is amazing and I’m grateful every day that I have had this opportunity.

That being said, here are some things to know about my work from home job:

  • I have a boss. She assigns me daily tasks. We check in via Skype once a week. We communicate almost daily.
  • I don’t make my own hours. I’m expected to work 9-5, Monday-Friday. (Although I typically end up doing 8-6).

The Work At Home Misconception

Now, I get it. I understand. The whole “working from home” concept is a pretty new idea. I know that people might imagine what it could be like to work from home.

Sit in your pajamas all day, not worry about taking a shower, working from the comfort of your couch, etc.

But, do you realize how old that would get?

After all, it’s still a job. I do this every single day. For my own sanity, I need to treat this like I would any other job. I designate an assigned office location. I maintain a structured schedule. If I worked from my couch in my pajamas all day, how would I be able to disconnect from work?

So, Why Do I Do It?

Here’s what seems to be the difficult part for people to wrap their head around. Every morning, I wake up. I take a shower. I put on my everyday makeup look. I straighten my hair. I get dressed (mind you, I opt for leggings or shorts that are comfortable, I am sitting down all day).

For some reason, this is strange to people. I really don’t know why.

Maybe this is just one of my weird idiosyncrasies, but if I don’t get myself together in the morning, my day is completely thrown off. I don’t feel right. I feel very out of place and unlike myself. A day at work is no different.

Do I think I’m wasting my makeup or causing myself more laundry by doing this? No, not at all.

I have to feel right within myself to be able to get to work and stay motivated. It’s just part of how this work from home thing works!

In all honesty, if I didn’t take the time to do this every day, I could only imagine myself slipping into this uncomfortable, lazy version of myself. That’s not what I want. I would never let a job change me like that.

Do you work from home?Β Share some of your work from home tips or other odd questions people ask you!

One thought on “Preparing For The Work Day

  1. I hear you! I’ve been working from home for over ten years–virtual teaching and now editing and writing. Yes to everything you said. Working at home is just as demanding (maybe more) than a regular day job. Not everyone can self-motivate! Go, you!! My best tip is to set a timer so sitting so much doesn’t cause health problems. Get up every 50 minutes–at least–and do a quick chore to keep the blood circulating. Some people like to use a standing desk–or even a treadmill desk–but I’m not that ambitious. Enjoyed your post!

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