Working from Home – Three Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Blogging, Work / Friday, July 28th, 2017

Working from home is the perfect set up for my family and I.  Doing so has so many positives for us. As is often the case though, things don’t always go according to plan. Here are three major lessons that working from home has taught me the hard way!

Life likes to get in the way –

I’m the queen of organisation. I have a diary and a set schedule that I try my hardest to stick to on a daily basis. I never have enough time, so the hours that I do get to work are valuable. The trouble with working from home without childcare is that I can plan and schedule as much as I like, but life always gets in the way! Being at home means I’m almost always the first port of call. Even if Dad’s at home, finding peace outside of nap time is a rare and wonderful occurrence! As I type this, I’m on a plastic phone to Peekaboo from the Twirlywoos. You get the picture.

You’re always at work –

There’s no break from work. I don’t get to leave the office on a Friday afternoon for a well deserved rest and I don’t get to shut the laptop, letting things wait until Monday. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do, but it’s definitely not for the faint hearted!

Having a work from home profession also means that a whole day can pass before I realise that I’ve not stepped out of the front door. For that reason planning a jaunt is essential, otherwise I really am always at work!

Early nights become a thing of the past –

Working from home whilst bringing up two young children, means that the majority of my working hours occur after they’ve gone to bed. It’s rare that I go to bed any earlier than 12am and if truth be told I could always fit a few more hours in. Luckily I accepted that sleep was a thing of the past when I had children. It’s amazing how our bodies adjust, that’s not to say an early night and a lie in wouldn’t be nice though!



43 Replies to “Working from Home – Three Lessons I Learned the Hard Way”

  1. This is so interesting, I don’t work from home but I always do my blogging when my son is asleep and I get time to myself. It’s very rewarding to be able to work from home and I know lots of mums dream to be able to do so #Blogstravaganza

  2. If daddy is at home you will often find me locked in the conservatory so L can’t get to me, literally locked! Though I find it easier to kick them out for the day. I have to force myself to switch off from work, that’s tough though. So get all of this #blogstravaganza

    1. Ah it’s always nice to have a space to work, like you say though if the family pop out I’m always more productive! xx

  3. I’m just venturing into working from home myself, so I’m definitely going to take all of this on board! I find I’m far too good at procrastination – I really need a dedicated workspace to concentrate my mind but we have no room for it at the moment 🙁 #blogstravaganza

  4. I’d love to be able to work from home, I don’t like the idea of not being able to attend school plays/sports days etc for my kids – or miss their milestones! Right now it’s not an issue, but I’d love to eventually make something of my blog or find a job I can do from home!

  5. I agree with all of this!! I’ve been a SAHM for 2 years now, and started working on my blog as a business about 6 months ago – but last night I realised that I really missed the socialness of being in work, and I really really miss that wonderful Friday night feeling. Definitely not for the faint hearted – but it does work for our family so the pros really outweigh the cons! #Blogstravaganza

    1. I miss the social side of going out to work too. but as you say this is the right thing to do for us. Thanks so much for stopping by x

  6. Firstly, I salute you for your ability to type and talk to Peekaboo at the same time – that is one hell of a skill! Secondly, I am soooo glad I’m not the only one that burns the midnight oil. There’s always that fear, that gets so out of control after dark, that the entire WORLD is in bed getting some zzzzzs except you!!
    Finally, as I’ve said before, you are a wee inspiration. I don’t know how you do it! My blog is nowhere the stage yours is at (it may never get there!) but I’m already working every hour I can find on it and I find it so challenging to get the time (and that’s with my hubby being at home over the summer hols!). You’re amazeballs xx #Blogstravaganza

    1. Haha, luckily Peekaboo didn’t have much to say so I could totally wing it! Thankyou so much, such lovely comments spur me on to work harder so thankyou!! xx

  7. It sounds like you are really putting the work in and it shows as your website is looking great and I love your tips and tricks shared in your blogs. I would love to work from home but when you think of it in reality it certainly seems a lot harder than you imagine it to be. I would struggle with late nights, if it gets to 10pm then thats me done! However like my dad used to say to me if you dont put the work in you dont see the results and it sounds like you are definitley focused and working hard xx Nicky #Blogstravaganza

    1. I must admit, the late nights do take their toll. Thanks so much for stopping by and for a lovely comment xx

  8. So much yes to all of this! I work at home too, and I have to sneak work in with naps or else I don’t get anything done. I try and try to schedule, and no one in this house seems willing to let me follow it ever. I also find it’s hard to take time to really think when work requires it. I have to get out of the house and work at a cafe or something if I have a project to work on. It is hard! #blogstravaganza

    1. I’m all for getting out of the house when I have a big job on, it’s nice to have a little thinking space. Thanks for stopping by xx

  9. Being a teacher I know what you mean by always being at work….I’m always thinking or worrying about certain children, planning for the next days lessons or working on other paperwork at home. However, I love my job and that’s the key. You seem to be doing really well with blogging….well done you! #blogstravaganza

    1. I can imagine how you’ve always got something on your mind, teaching is never ending! Loving what you do is definitely half of the battle! Thanks so much for stopping by x

  10. I wrote a post recently about the reality of working from home and as much as it is great and flexible I find that if I don’t 100% stick to my plan of what I am going to do a whole week can by and I have achieved absolutely nothing! It’s a lot tougher than people think! Luckily I work in an office two days a week so at least I have to knuckle down when I’m there!

    1. It so true that time will just pass and nothing has gotten done! It’s nice to have your own space for a couple of day to power through some work! xx

  11. I think this will be me after I’ve completed the course I intend to do! Pro’s and Con’s I guess but I think (I hope) the pros will outweigh the cons x

  12. I don’t think I have ever had an early night.. the earliest I ever go bed is around 2am. I am trying to get organised and I like the thought of being organised but it never happens! #blogstravaganza

    1. It’s definitely work, I don’t think you realise until yo get into it how much work actually goes into blogging! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

    1. I do love working in coffee shops, it means i’m not tempted to do the washing instead! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

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