For the first time in my life, I am currently working as a freelancer. And it seems still weird to me. I started a week a go and I don’t know how long it is going to go for but after 10 years as an employee in an office, this is a pretty big step for me.
In the first 7 days I have actually realised few things about working as a freelancer at home and not as an employee in the office:
- Not having to commute and having the freedom not to have to make myself presentable for an office standard, save me between 9%-10% of the day
- Not to have to attend useless meetings and not to have to answer to other people asking me “have you got a second for a quick one?” every 5 minutes, save me between another 8%-10% of the working day
- I save quite a lot of energy (20%-30 of my daily energy allowance 🙂 ) that I would usually spend to try to please the different personalities of my boss and my colleagues….relationships are often key in an office, if you and your colleagues or boss don’t like each other, it is going to be a lot harder to get information, help, keep the communication going and achieve results.
- I can actually take my time now if I need to, to finish a complicated task and do research (reallocating the time saved in point 1 and 2)
- I can get my own things done at home in the meantime, like washing machine and so on…things that I would usually do after my working day….and so saving another 4% of my day
- I can go for a walk if I feel like I need to clear my head rather than keep sitting on a chair when my productivity is almost 0, saving between 10%-15% of my working day
- I don’t have to eat in front of a desk anymore or in a hurry or not eating at all…..my healthy life is actually improving as I can give myself the spaces my body and my mind need reducing to the minimum unproductiveness (10% of my working day …. After 7 hours in front of 2 screens, it is totally normal to be mentally drained)
- If I want to make myself a tea, I don’t have to walk 5 for 5-7 minutes to go to the kitchen office, wasting 10 minutes to prepare it and walk to my desk again (another 5-7 minute), for 2 or 3 times a day…saving between 2%-4% of my working day
Does it mean that I work less? No, quite the opposite, It actually means that I work more but I don’t even notice it.
And you? I would love to hear the point of view of somebody else working from home like me :).