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Perils of working from home

August 18, 2011

When I decided to take my business full time I had such great plans because I was going to be working from home. I was finally going to eat properly because I had full use of my kitchen. Exercise was going to be a daily routine with no commuting to and from work taking up my time. It was going to be a utopia and I couldn’t wait to begin. Of course, as most people who work from home will tell you, there are many pros and cons that raise their heads and these are just a few of mine. On the plus side:

* I get to spend the day working next to my dogs while they sleep 82% of the day away on their sheepskin.
* If I’m not feeling too good I can have a little sleep in and not have to tell anyone about it. Cause you know. Its unprofessional.
* While having lunch I can catch up on recordings on our IQ
* I can turn off my computer and just curl up on a chair, read and replenish if I really need it. Sometimes we all need it.

On the other hand there are quite a few negatives

* A quick 30 minute lunch watching Buffy reruns can turn into catchup episodes of Real Housewives and before I know it, its time for the school run.
* Pinterest is the devil to a productive schedule. Seriously.
* Without co-workers to remind me its lunch time I can often work right through to dinner before realising.
* There is the tendency to squeeze in a little more work if really needed in the late hours of the evening just because my computer is 10 steps from my bed.

Even with all of these things I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I am truly blessed to have found a career that I not only love but allows me the flexibility to take an afternoon off or take the dogs to the park on a whim. Over the next couple of months I need to finish decorating the office and I think I’m going to have this photograph taken in New Zealand enlarged and put above my computer. Just one more distraction but oh so pretty. Working from home is full of contradictions.

Shot with Ektar 100 on Mamiya 645

 

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  1. Pippa

    August 18th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    You’re right Ange – Pinterest is evil! God help me if I get busted at work.

  2. Claire

    August 19th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    LURVEEEEE that shot Ange!

  3. Hope in HIgh Heels

    August 19th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    gorgeous photo… I want one!

  4. Hope in HIgh Heels

    August 19th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    gorgeous photo… certainly different (and much more relaxing) than my current view of rooftops in the West Village (which is charming in it’s own way!)

  5. Michelle ~ Pocketful of Dreams

    August 20th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Oh I totally agree, I thought I would become this zen-like, healthy, stress-free enigma. In reality I work far longer hours, forget to eat lunch, sometimes dont leave the house for day etc etc. BUT I LOVE what I do and could not give it up for the world now. Love your photography xx

  6. Jess

    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    mmmmm… pinterest… Definitely a peril to time management! There’s definitely some perils to working from home tooooo… mine is that it feels like the office is constantly whining at me for more attention and I can hear it from the couch, from the bedroom, from the kitchen… taking on a part-time job again has actually helped my sanity levels!

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