Annoying Challenges Of Working From Home

It's been about a year now since I started working from home. It has been awesome but there's been a few annoying challenges that I encountered and still encounters from time to time. Gone are the illusions that everything will be perfect if I'm able to just work and earn in the comfort of our home.

I'm thankful that I'm given an opportunity to still work and earn from home despite the current pandemic but let me just share with you a few work from home challenges that you might also experience if ever you do decide to take on this path.

1. Having access to cellphones - You're probably thinking "Who the heck would complain about that?" The temptation is too strong on this one. I used to work in the BPO industry where even bringing a cellphone on the production floor is already a critical violation of the company policy. Right now, my Manager wouldn't even know if I'm browsing on Facebook or Instagram. It is cool that we have soo much freedom as long as we're able to complete our tasks but this one can be a big distraction from time to time.

2. Internet and Electricity - Normally in the office, if there's no Internet or Electricity everyone will be cheering since we still get paid even if there's no work being done. We pray and pray that it would last until the end of our shift but that never really happens since there are generators in the office. It's a different story though if you're working from home. I get paid by the hour so not having internet or electricity is a nightmare. One reason why I haven't given up on my postpaid plan yet cause it has unlimited internet access. I barely use it at home but it's a lifesaver when our ISP fails. I have a laptop which is convenient for such situations. I can't say the same though for my wife who uses a desktop.

3. Working with your wife from home - It does sound sweet and some of you may be thinking about how you'll be able to spend more time together even while working. The truth is it can be annoying. I personally like to focus on one thing at a time. Probably because that's how guys normally are. I literally can't focus on anything else while playing games or working. Then comes my wife wanting to have a chat while she's also working. Women are basically born a multitasker which is cool but I just can't keep up while I'm in the zone. It then leads to an argument on how I'm not listening and how I should have at least said that I wasn't listening or doing something so that she wouldn't have kept talking. And then there was silence. Haha!

4. I'm always hungry! - I mean at least I think I am. I'm stuck at home in front of my laptop for not even 15 minutes and I'm already thinking about what to eat next. Talk about being healthy, as if sitting in the chair for more than 8 hours a day isn't bad enough. It's a very tempting distraction since I'm just a few steps away from the fridge or the snack drawers. Eating chips is one good way to delay work. I hate how when I'm eating pringles. I get one, wipe my fingers, close the lid then continue working on the keyboard only to just continue eating chips a few seconds later. Oh Pringles, why are you so damn good? Good thing there are lots of options now for food and grocery deliveries so running out of snacks isn't really a problem.

5. Kids - Hey, don't judge me but having kids around while trying to work from home can be a challenge especially for me. I don't know how my wife does it but there are times when she's cooking, checking on the kids, or basically doing other stuff while still being able to work. Mom's brain? I mentioned how I'd like to focus on one thing at a time and when you have kids around, there really aren't much focusing going on. 

6. Working too much. - Ever heard of the word Honda in the office? It stands for: on the dot to go home. That's me but I can't say the same for my wife. I don't know what exactly is going on but there are times when she would extend an hour or two on her job. It's definitely ok to make small sacrifices from time to time but you should always know when to stop. I always praise how hardworking she is but at times I worry how she's overworking unnecessarily. We really value the fact that we earn from home, get to stay with our family, and don't have to commute to work and we're definitely thankful for our jobs. The thing is it's easy to overwork with this kind of setup. I make sure to always remind my wife to take it easy from time to time and go herself a well deserve vacation leave.

 7. Social Life - Let me end this with the one challenge I never thought I would have but doesn't really get to me that much. If you're an introvert there this isn't really a biggie. Working from home means most of the social life we get is through social media. We definitely have a lot of free time to do other things like meet up with friends before working but most of those friends don't have the same schedule and available time to do so. I also don't know if it's because we're growing old but at some point, it gets really hard to convince ourselves to go out instead of simply relaxing and enjoying the comfort of our home. 

Do you think these challenges aren't that much? You may want to start finding work from home jobs.

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  1. magnda din talaga ang mag work from home,madami benefits sa atin lalo na kung working mommy pa..although iba ang feeling kapag nag o office ka,pero working home,we can make money while taking care of our family.

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    1. Salute to those who can work at home and take care of the kids at the same time. I'm not very good at it to be honest.

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  2. kami po ang struggle namin ay yung mga kids and mga babies namin since we have 4 children 2 years old and 5 mons old po ung mga bata sobrang napipikon si hubby pag iyakan ng iyakan di dw po kàsi sya maka focus. Kaya minsan mas gusto ko na po na sa office sya.,pero habang ganyan pa situation walang choice kundi mag adjust.

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    1. I'm sure you'll get through. It's really hard to work when you have babies. One of my workmates though gave birth and it hasn't been 1 week but she's already working. I'm not sure how she's doing it. LOL!

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  3. I have been working from home for years now. While I can get distracted at times, I totally prefer it, and can't imagine going back to an in-office 8 to 5 job. I am also self-employed, so that helps! haha

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    1. I can’t imagine going back into an office-based job as well. Glad it helps!

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  4. Electricity definitely shoots up! Our consumption tripled during the ECQ. Also, the internet is slower than the usual.

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    1. Ours didn’t really change much. Hope you guys are ok.

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  5. I've been working from home for about 6 years, now, and I love it. I was always an introvert anyway, and I'm fairly good with not snacking all the time, so it's been easy for me.

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  6. Hahaha. The same. I was never really that good with too many people.

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  7. This is so true! I have so many distractions working from home! I find a huge benefit for me (as a writer) is scheduling time with other writers where we focus purely on getting work done!

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  8. You hit the nail on the head when this one! Especially working with your spouse and seeing them as their work selves.
    Imagine realizing the person you love is THAT coworker lol. I am also like your wife. I’ll log off on time but will check back in after dinner. Not a good habit!

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  9. Working from home is not as easy as everyone thinks. I've been doing it for 11 years now.

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  10. I am a single mom who homeschools and I work from home, so I totally get most of what you said here! That being said, I love what I do and wouldn't do anything else!

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  11. Electricity definitely shoots up! Our consumption tripled during the x-ray scan. Hahahah

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  12. Haha I agree with you. One top thing that working at the office is better than working from home to me is the environment. I always have better performance working at the office.

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  13. There was a time I would fancy WFH, but past few months have taught me it's better to work setup in office.

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  14. When working from home, it could be quite challenging to achieve work-balance. This is why it is essential to really create a space conducive for work, set a specific time where you are working (helps when we are able to set these expectations with the kids on this too, but it's a different case when you have little ones), and put in extra effort to avoid other distractions. But in the end, it's all worthwhile, right? :)

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  15. Haha I so get this especially the one about being always hungry, I need to step away from the fridge x

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  16. you make an interesting point about electricity and internet. being home you have to pay for your own electricity bill and internet bill. i wonder how many folks have seen the bills triple staying home?

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  17. My husband is retired and I work from home so I can definitely relate to a lot of these! I have to MAKE myself take a day or time away from work, lol!

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  18. Anonymous8/14/2020

    Working from home has many challenges and you pointed several out. We lost power due to the storm last week and that cost me work and money.
    Elizabeth O

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  19. Its funny so many people complained before the pandemic how they wish they didn't have to go to the office as much, and now that most people are remote they are getting burnt out. The truth could be many people are working in their passion so home or the office if your job isnt fulfilling it wont matter where you are.

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  20. I must say working from home is not easy.I am also working from home for about 11 years and I am habitual to this.

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