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4 Misconceptions About Working At Home

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Brian passed along a brilliant article to me this week from Lifehack that I just had to share. It features four scenarios work-from-homers often face, and I can say from experience that they are so, so true:

>> “You work from home? How do you get anything done?”
>> “Since you’re at home anyway, I figured I’d just stop by…”
>> “Hey, I know you work from home, so can I get this done tonight/this weekend/right now?”
>> “Wow, you must have so much free time! Let’s go to_____ today.”

Thankfully, my friends are actually really respectful of my time and know that when I say I’m working, I am in fact working. That being said, working at home can suck me into my own little world, so I’ve found it’s incredibly important for me to reach out and meet up with friends for coffee dates, or to accept a midday invitation to go walking or grab lunch from a friend who also has a flexible schedule.

Swing by Lifehack to read the author’s hilarious thoughts on those situations, then come on back and let me know—Do you work from home? Do these situations happen to you? What other misconceptions could you add?

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    Megan @ Lush to Blush
    December 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I love working from home!! One problem I face is separating work time from relaxing. It’s so hard to stop working when you love what you do! Thanks for sharing the article!

    xo Megan, LushtoBlush.com

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Um, YES! I totally struggle with that and definitely find that the lines are blurred between working and relaxing. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. Good when you’re doing design work while watching Grey’s Anatomy. Bad when your husband wants to watch a movie and you’re glued to the computer screen. Always striving for better balance!

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    Becca
    December 10, 2013 at 5:48 am

    I work for a small state-wide member organization. All of our staff members work from a home office. It was definitely a huge transition for me, but I love it! It is frustrating when people think that “working from home” does not count as “real” work. I feel like I am able to get so much more accomplished during my day. It is also nice to be able to throw in dinner or a load of laundry while working! I’m a new reader of your blog and I truly enjoy your posts!

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Yes, I do love the ability to get passive stuff done around the house while working on projects—and I really love not having a commute! Thanks for reading ;)

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    Elizabeth
    December 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    My husband works from home as a computer programmer (or something like that) and this is so true! People stop by just to talk or expect him to be able to pick them up at the airport in the middle of the work day – I work out of the home but have the more flexible schedule (to pick up those middle of the day airporters). It is funny – just because you work from home doesn’t mean you are not responsible for getting work done ;)

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