First let me make something clear. If you expect this article to be about the benefits of working from home, stop reading. This ain’t THAT type of post. Nope. I am going to tell you a true story, my story and you can help me draw a few conclusions about what stays and what needs to go/change.
I have been teaching online for 2 years now. That is my morning job, so it is only inevitable that I work from home. I was also running my own business and taught at my own language school but that shut down. As a result, I now teach as a freelance teacher and my students come to my home. Now let’s do the math.
Morning online teaching 9-2:30: 5,5 hours
Afternoon teaching at home 4-9: 5 hours
Does this look appealing? Are you jealous? Well, don’t be. What this actually means is that I am at home all day, working. When I am not working I am kinda working.
Kinda working activities: blogging, reading blog posts, social media-ing, preparing for lessons, material designing.
So, in my free time at home, once again, I am in front of the computer. You want more? I work out as well. I have a stationary bike in my room so that’s where my gym is!! Yeap. I do not need to go to the supermarket cause someone else does. I do not need to go into town to pay bills cause someone else does.
So, what about weekends? Well, on the weekends, I go out a bit (nothing cray cray people. Just a meal or a drink).
Now, time to make a list:
Benefits of working from home
- It’s convenient
- You save money
Disadvantages of working from home
- Well, if you work all day like me, you will probably end up with vitamin D deficiency (that’s cause you never see the sun).
- At some point you will become one with your chair.
The action plan-Things I am now changing
I want to work out more which is why I am cutting down on my kinda work related activities and am running to my bike a bit more. In the past, my excuse for not working out was the Delta, now it’s “I have stuff to write”. All this is not good. Something really needs to change.
I will be paying my own bills. I will try to stick more sessions closer together, manage my teaching time better, so that I have more free time, and thus, am forced to leave the house and pay stuff, do stuff.
I started painting lessons, so now I have a hobby. A hobby that requires I go somewhere to do it.
I want to go out during the week a bit more. I really need to start saying, “Yes!” to invites to go out after work.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining about my work life. I LOVE online teaching and I really like the fact that I work from home. I just don’t wanna end up like a person who misses out on everything cause I am at home and not outside! Marjorie talk about her life as a teacher and how she combines working from home and moving for work. I read Theodora’s blog a few hours ago and she talks about balance. I think I, too, need to find balance but I first need to figure out where I draw the line. The line between being Joanna the teacher, who works from home, and Joanna who lives at home.
This is my first post on Word Press. I hope you like it. Still trying to figure out how things work : ) like how to align, font size and stuff…
Till next time………..
You ARE “burning” it (to make a Greek expression in English LOL) as well!!! What we do has both its pros and its contras – try to find some time for yourself! I know it IS hard, but being in your shoes more or less, I can understand you and I am telling you we do need some time off!!! Take care my dear!
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I find the combination to be great. I have some lessons at a local bank so I get to walk across our lovely main square and enjoy the medieval city flair as well as pay my bills, stop at the farmers’ market or the grocery store and even bump into people I know getting there and back. But then I have all the ‘at home’ work which includes writing (just finished a draft of something I’ve been working on for ages), preparing lessons and conference talks, learning a new language myself, correcting papers, blogging and dealing with IATEFL business. I am glad that I can get out and I still enjoy putting on my ‘business casual clothes’ and heading out the door but I also love the days that are just spent at home. I also recently blogged about ‘finding the balance’ and read Theodora’s post on this as well. I think this is such an individual thing in our lives and each of us has the chance to discover for ourselves how best to do it which makes it especially interesting to read other people’s takes on this. Thanks for the post.
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I think that the combination is better than just working from home. If you do end up working from home, the line between work and home get a bit fuzzy. That’s why balance is needed:) Thanks for reading and commenting ladies. I love comments ❤
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I totally agree Joanna. All my classes are Skype or telephone. The bit about ‘kinda working’ is so true. I’ve just got a dog to force me to step back from the computer and out of the house.
Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. When working from home you need some reason to leave. For you it’s a dog, for me it’s painting: )
You forgot to add ‘writing articles for newsletters’ to your Kinda working activities 🙂
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Yeap, articles too. Working on one at the moment : ) hehe