Well, I’ve been working from home since 2002 and am excited to report that I’ve moved out of my home office into a serviced office this week.
Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit of ‘cabin fever’, being at home all day working, and then also here most evenings. I do love working for myself, however I think a change of scene is needed.
When working from home, I often find myself drifting back into the office in the evening to check emails, or squeeze in ‘another 15 minutes’ work which inevitably turns into another hour! I had developed a schedule, including a start and finish time, however I still found myself being compelled to work beyond that. Did anyone say ‘workaholic’? It’s probably a bit of that, but also the fact that sometimes you can’t just turn the computer off at 5.30pm on the dot, regardless of what’s happening.
Anyway, I started to feel that I was at work all day and all evening, without much downtime. My home was no longer a place of relaxation!
I do have a separate room for my home office, but for me, it hasn’t been enough of a ‘psychological separation’ for me. I often wondered whether it would be better to have a double-storey house, with an office upstairs, so at least I could mentally switch off when going downstairs after work. I’m craving a clear distinction between home and work and this serviced office will definitely help!
As for having distractions at home, that wasn’t really an issue. I’m not one to be distracted if a friend calls during the day. I just explain that I’m working and that I’ll have to call them back later. I also don’t do any housework or laundry during the day as this can lead to reduced work productivity.
My office at home also did not have a view – just a window to my left-hand side which overlooked a brown fence!
Now to my new office: I have a view over the railway station – I know, this doesn’t sound very inspiring but it’s actually very picturesque! There are beautiful gumtrees, birds flying overhead, and I can watch people coming and going. It’s right in the heart of Altona, a bayside suburb, near cafes and restaurants. In my lunchtime I can walk down to the beach and eat my lunch. I can walk here from home in just over 10 minutes. There are 30 other businesses in the serviced office block and every month there are networking meetings so we can refer each other business.
I’m very excited about this move and I’ll keep you updated on how I get on.