I’ve worked from home off and on for a while now, and while most of us are familiar with the usual benefits (no commute, set your own hours, always there to receive packages…) I thought I’d take a minute and share with you some of the more unexpected benefits of working from home. Granted, not all of these benefits will apply to all of you, but I certainly appreciate them on a daily basis.
Not everyone can work from home, but if you can take advantage of your environment in the right ways, it can be an incredible place to work.
1. Cat cuddles on demand
Fine, this definitely doesn’t apply if you don’t have a cat at home, but I’m sure doggie love on demand is pretty good too. Or hamster love. Whatever. Just knowing that if I’m cranky or bored all I need to do is snuggles my pusses for a while to feel all better totally improves my day. It’s proven that hanging out with a pet totally reduces stress. Also, their stupid antics never fail to bring a smile to my face.
2. Slipper socks all day every day
Not sure what slipper socks are? They are the most comfortable, indulgent thing you can wear on your feet. They make me feel cozy and safe and still let my feet breath so I don’t get stank foot at the end of the day. Yes. My feet are smelly. Deal with it.
3. No one can judge my smelly candles
Speaking of smells, I like nice ones around me while I work. I also work in the same room as our litter box. To help with this I like to burn scented candles, but doing so in an office environment can be kinda dicey. Just ask Anderson Cooper. Rather than risk being pranked on camera by my coworkers or triggering Nancy’s migraines I figure I’ll just stay at home with my fire smells.
4. Afternoon dance parties
Like number 3, I suppose you could try this one in a traditional office environment, just be prepared for everyone to judge you until you inevitably quit out of embarrassment. We all know that moving around is a great way to beat the blahs, so if I find myself sagging in the afternoon I’ve been known to blast some Britney or put on a Zoomba routine and just shake it off. A little sweat and a raised heart beat can turn any day around. Then I can get back to cruising the internet for cute cat pictures. I mean working.
5. ALL THE COFFEE!!
Other than the rare days where Rick stays home sick, working from home means that if I want to drink an entire pot of coffee, I totally can. And it’s good coffee. And it’s mine. All. Mine.