Work From Home: Expectation vs Reality

Sebastian Gollnow/The Star

If you haven’t start working from home yet and expect it to be a breeze when it comes about, think again as you just might be setting yourself up for disaster.

As work from home became a new norm for us throughout 2020 and perhaps even for the majority of 2021, let’s take a look at a few misconceptions of working remotely and how unrealistic expectations brings out the worst of working from home.

1) Work schedule

Expectation: “Who needs an alarm clock when I can start whenever I want to?”

Reality: You still have deadlines to meet and colleagues to communicate with. If you don’t have a set work schedule for yourself, don’t expect the same for others as work from home means more conference calls than usual now that everyone is not seeing each other in the office anymore.

2) Resting hours

Expectation: “Yeah I’ll stop working whenever I want, who’s here to stop me from taking a day off anyway”

Reality: You won’t be calling it a week on Thursday and give yourself an early weekend. In fact, you might find work hours overlap with your resting hours since work and rest are all in the same space. Tasks that aren’t done before the weekend might just roll on over and take up your resting days, get a solid understanding of how you can maximize productivity while you’re still in the week.

3) Work-life balance doesn’t exist at home

Expectation: “I feel more productive today, I think I might as well work throughout the night while at home”

Reality: Burnouts happen whether you’re overworking in the office or at home. Take time off occasionally to tend to your own well-being and life when you find yourself taking off more than can chew. While overworking can be a might convenience, it is far too easy to slip into the dark hole of overworking yourself to the extremes.

4) Distractions

Expectation: “Home is so quiet, there should be lesser distractions for me when compared to the annoying co-workers I have in the office”

Reality: Even an everyday object such as a flowerpot is enough to stray your attention away from work. Don’t underestimate your senses as the teeniest tiniest bit is enough to break your focus, this reflects much more especially when you have pets that are constantly on the run or simply doing nothing, laying there in all that cuteness.

5) Alone time

Expectation: “Imagine all that I can get done with all this alone time! This is the ultimate work experience!”

Reality: Too much alone time may be the reality we are facing now, but it might just be the bit that breaks us as well during this whole pandemic situation. With long periods of time spent at home, face-to-face interaction is often taken for granted until one realizes of the overwhelming quietness of long periods without human interaction. 

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