We all teach our little ones not to lie, but for the sake of being productive and staying a sane working mum, do yourself a favour and tell a little fib about that new work-at-home gig you just landed.
With much of our lives spent commuting to and from work in uncomfortable business clothes, way too high heels, it’s understandable you would want to shout from the rooftops that you no longer have to spend hours in traffic or wear pants to work if you don’t want to, thank you very much.
But there are a few reasons why you’ll want to keep your new cushy work-from-home job under wraps:
You’ll become your friend’s “Hey, Neighbour…”
Start telling your friends you work from home and see how long it takes for someone to come to you asking to help them when they’re “in a pinch”.
Of course, you’re a lovely person and are more than willing to help your friends when they’re in a bind, but we guarantee those moments will look more like babysitting because of poor planning or needing to run a few quick errands instead of a true emergency.
It’s not that your friends don’t take your work seriously, they’re just not going to understand the position they’re putting you in, which is distracting you from your work.
If you don’t tell them you work from home you’ll escape these awkward scenarios of a friend asking for the favour of your time and having to turn them down. Or worse yet, saying yes because you’re afraid they’ll think you’re not being a helpful friend.
Better to just stay quiet and not risk others impeding on your work schedule.
You have to constantly justify that you’re working
In the same vein as your friends not understanding how just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you’re free any time of day, if people hear you work from home, they still won’t get the “work” part.
For whatever reason some people translate working from home to mean the work being on your home. Constantly having to clarify and justify that your work at home is indeed work gets old, so it’s easier to just keep quiet about your little location perk.
One plus side to keeping your work-from-home status a secret is if your friends do eventually figure it out, you’ll at least have set the expectation that you do in fact work and don’t spend your whole day watching re-runs of The Bachelor. If they were none-the-wiser before it must’ve meant you were actually working.
You have to convince yourself you’re working
When you’re carefree about saying you work from home, you’re not only inviting friends to interrupt your day, you’re also letting your own distractions get in the way.
When I first started working from home, I was very nonchalant about my schedule. “Oh, you want to meet early afternoon (even though it’s my most productive part of the day)? No worries, it’s not like I have a boss that sees when I take a long lunch break, see you then!” Needless to say this nonchalantness meant eventually having little structure in my schedule at all.
Now that you are a work from home mum you have probably done it on the kitchen bench, on the floor, in bed, or on the dining table.
You know, work (ladies seriously get out of the gutter).
Then before you know it, you find yourself working from bed with unbrushed teeth and two meals worth of dishes strewn about your room at three in the afternoon just because you can. And don’t judge, you’ll be there too if you keep blabbing your mouth about working from home.
One of the best ways to combat falling in this trap of a work-at-home non-schedule is to have your own office.
A space dedicated for work, either in an extra room or a cabana out back, that sets a boundary between work and home is ideal for keeping your own work schedule in check and having set “office hours”.
Don’t worry, pants can still be optional at your own office, mum’s the word.
Jokes aside, if you don’t work from home already, it really is a wonderful alternative to working from an office whilst you are raising your children, I know as I was once a corporate mum and I will never go back. Raising my babies and being a stay at home working mum truly rocks, even if some days I don’t even put a bra on.
How do you keep your schedule as a WAHM?