that work should stay at work and home is home. Keep them separated if you want to stay focused, on track, and productive.
I, myself, have a VERY strong position on the matter. (There is a reason why I'm writing about this topic so late in the game. So just hold on to your hats and wait for it. I am also working through some shit and this is my process. You might not like what you're about to read)
Now where should I start? At the beginning. Yes. Quite right.
I call myself Home CEO because my husband is a CEO, much like that of Mrs. Yahoo CEO. He and I also agree with her, that employees should be at the office. So he has first hand experience with the situation from her viewpoint. I live with it so I can't help but agree because I see it daily. Now you know my position. Moving on....
We joke that he runs a business (that's not the joke by the way) and I run the "business" of home. Thus, Home CEO was born. It's no easy task as many of you Home CEO's out there can attest.
It is a one man show
From the moment you wake up and clock in, to the moment you lay your head on your soft pillow at night and clock out. Many people think that stay at home moms (Home CEO's) just watch TV and sit on the computer all day. Well yeah, that's probably true. I've had my days where I call in sick to "work". When you do that though, the work is still waiting for you only now, it's doubled. Sort of like interest. You get charged INTEREST for your breaks and days off. You can take a break, but you can't ignore the tasks that need to be done. They'll still be there. I'm not going to go down the laundry list of the stuff we do because we already know.
Now take an office job. The work at hand is there. You know your tasks, you do them, or you don't, they're still there waiting for you, or you're fired. Unless you can outsource it or delegate it to someone else. If you did that at home... well it will cost you some $$. Also, if you slack off at work, you might not have that job tomorrow. So there are 2 jobs. The job at home and the job at the office. But you can't compare them, even though I'm trying to right now.
Ok so I've laid the ground work for you. Moms at home, people in the office... we've all been one or the other or both. So let's switch gears.
Stay at home mothers who work from home. (This does not apply to anyone with a penis unless that penis is a Home CEO AND making money from home. If you have a penis, no kids and do graphic design at home this does not apply to you. Are you with me? Can we continue? Yes? good)
All that being said, I have begun working from home. Now let me just say this: any stay at home mom who works from home and says she's "more productive" than at the office is
A MOTHER FUCKING LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE.
I'm not going to get into the details but I can't tell what's interfering more; my work to my house work, or vice versa. I hate stopping my work because I have to make someone breakfast, a snack, a lunch, dinner. Then I don't like having to work because I've got 3 baskets of dirty laundry, dry cleaning to be picked up and 4 overdue library books that need to be returned. But I'm not getting into details. So how are other people doing this? If I get off track do you know how long it takes me to get back? A long time.
Working from home so you can be there for your kids? Are you FUCKING KIDDING ME? I'm constantly yelling at my kids to leave the room so I can have some peace to work. That's not right!
Granted I am TERRIBLE at managing my time but if I was in an office, doing the work I'm getting paid to do.... I would be COMPLETELY done in 3 hours and wouldn't be writing blogs or fucking around on facebook.
So I guess it all comes down to the individual. If you're going to work, do it in the office. If you have to work from home, don't LIE and say you're more productive and you enjoy being able to stay at home with your kids. Because you don't. You work at home because it's the only choice you have. At least be honest about it. Say "Yeah I work from home but man it takes some SERIOUS time management skills and will power. It's really hard but I have to do it"
(Granted I don't HAVE to work. I just like it. and extra $$ is nice, not gonna lie)
Obviously this post will have people up in arms but I told you I was working my shit out. My blog is my therapy except there's no confidentiality agreement. Why can't everyone just AGREE with me? It would make life so much easier. Maybe I'm blowing this out of proportion. Maybe I should have written a second draft. Maybe I should stop drinking so early in the morning. WHO KNOWS.
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