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Working From Home Just Might Be That Bullshit

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I have no science at all to back up this claim, but I’m just going to pretend like there are various studies supporting a recent conclusion I came to: working from home (on a regular basis) is some bullshit.

Of course, like all things in life, its contextual. See, I have chirrens, little chirrens at that. What does this mean? I’m glad that I’m assuming that you asked. This means that working from home doesn’t come with peace and tranquility. It comes with all of the shenanigans, all of the nincompoopery, and all of the distractions. Which is saying something because I’m a fellow who can’t even read unless I’m listening to music. I thrive off of background noise; I can listen to the radio through snowy reception and be just as happy as a pig in slop.

Let’s take it back to the beginning though because I think my issues are rooted in conditioning. See, for most of my work life, I’ve enjoyed employment that required me to venture to an office space to perform the duties of my job. Now that my ministry has changed to working from wherever, work….looks different to those around me.

Not to mention that I’m an actual “writer” for a living right now which, admittedly, looks like some bullshit to many people. It’s like when I used to be a manager at a nightclub, a job that NOBODY outside of the nightlife industry respects as an actual job. Never mind that I was responsible for tens of thousands of dollars a night – often in cash – and the operations of a venue of drunken idiots, most people think that to manage a nightclub or work in that industry at all just means you stay up late, take pictures with hot women, and take a lot of shots on the company dime. Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of nights of doing just that, but I still had a job to do and I could be fired for not doing it properly. When people see fun, they don’t see work and they struggle with the concept of “oh, you are enjoying this? Then you must be free to go do all of the things I need to do because that’s not a real job. #teamworkfromhomemeansrunerrandsinthemiddleoftheday”

Now, that’s not entirely my life; I’ve only been working from home (and even now I’m in a cowork space) for a few days now, but man, I realize how hard it is to be disconnected from inside my home when my home is active. When kids yell, I need to make sure everybody is still alive when the yelling stops. When I hear a big thump, I need to make sure everybody is still alive when the thumping stops. It’s an adjustment that requires a lot of work. Not to mention the personal mental gymnastics of structure and discipline when you can simply turn over in bed, scratch your balls, fall out of bed and physically “be at work” without brushing your teeth or moving more than a foot.

To be clear, I realize that this is a first world problem like a motherfucker and I’m not really complaining since this would be a stupid thing to complain about. Moreso, I didn’t realize how much of an adjustment it would be to go cold turkey from working in a professional setting and environment to working from home during a week when my whole house is off from work and nephews, brothers, and family are in town. Dis is not tew much, but it is a lot. Truth is, having the ability to work from home and set your own schedule is a hell of a privilege. For instance, on Tuesday, I watched the shit out of Love and Hip Hop Hollywood in my room while kids were making loud noises throughout my house. It felt a little bit awesome. Of course, at some point my two little sons began banging on the door so they could come in and bite my knees. Yeah.

Point is, working from home while awesome is also not – for my life, anyway – all its cracked up to be. Luckily, I’ve procured myself some outside workspace so that it looks and feels like I’m going somewhere for work and it gives me my own feel of actively being and doing something productive.

I guess this is what they all one of those good problems.

Thanks, Obama.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

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  • Courtney Wheeler

    *Thinks back to all the boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese I destroyed while working from home…*

    • kingpinenut

      With or without teh baconz?

      • Courtney Wheeler

        Sometimes I throw broccoli florets in the mix…it’s to convince myself that I’m being healthy.

        • kingpinenut

          Hold up I know I didn’t read broccli?!!!

          :(

  • Seymore Cases

    I get to work from home 2 days/week. It provides a good balance, especially on Monday’s when I’m ready to work but don’t really want to leave the house after a busy weekend. All the time though? Dunno about that

  • Michelle is my First Lady

    I normally work from home on Mondays and Fridays. I find that I’m more productive when I WFH versus working in the office. All the time though would probably drive me crazy. I prefer to have a nice balance between the two.

    • MsK_NY

      Totally agree, I also try to work from home on Mondays and Fridays! I get to start way earlier and don’t have to deal with the daily commuting chaos

      • Michelle is my First Lady

        You need it! If I had to commute into the office on a Monday morning I’d quit.

    • HouseOfBonnets

      That is ideal tbh I don’t mind once or twice a week.

      • Michelle is my First Lady

        Yeah, for me, it really depends on my client. Some folks have the WFH option or RDO (rotating days off) which is usually 9 or 10 hour work days with every other Friday off.

    • D-Nice

      I’ve ALWAYS liked the structure/lack of distraction of the office; and I like having separate work and home lives. So, I’ve never really desired to work from home. Though, I’ve always had reasonable or even negligible commutes, so it’s never been that much of a burden to actually go to the office. If lived a long way from work, or if I had young kids, I might think differently. My current job is nice, because I can work at home if I need or want to (bad weather, sick, stay home because someone is coming to fix or deliver something, etc.), and I do occasionally. Just knowing you have the option to work from home counts for a lot, even if I rarely do. And, I should note that I’ve never worked in a REALLY toxic place. Sure, coworkers have been annoying and I’ve dealt with office politics and BS, but luckily I’ve never worked at a place that was just miserable. I know plenty of people, including my sister, who are working or used to work in such miserable places, and completely understand why they never want to see the inside of an office again.

  • Photoshop’s a helluva drug

    My dog would bark and every when I was in the phone with customer. Like stare me down talking crazy. But never during personal conversations and he was a good dog most of the rest of the time. It made me feel so unprofessional. I would go into a corporate office use a conference room. They thought I was crazy.

  • PDL….HE still working on me

    I’m somewhere in between. If I’m sick, it’s raining, cold, etc., I welcome the opportunity to work from home….SOMETIMES. If I do work from home I enjoy walking early and coming back to a cup of joe and sitting at the table working.

    I’m also that person though that likes to go into the office…….sometimes I like looking fly, driving in, smelling good and working late. Funny I don’t do a lot of socializing at work or get wrapped too tight with office politics but no way I could stay home everyday. I would eat, sleep, sleep some more and eat 13 more times. I’m somewhere in between with the notion. I can enjoy doing both.

    • Valerie

      Funny I don’t do a lot of socializing at work or get wrapped too tight with office politics
      Me.

      • PDL….HE still working on me

        I ain’t got time for it.

  • Mika

    Working from home is cool, on days where I am truly exhausted by humans and commuting. However, these same humans provide so much entertainment some days that I don’t mind coming to the office. A lot of friends who have the WFH option say that they do miss adult interaction.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    I love the ability to work from home but I hate working from home; especially if Mrs SS93 is home on said day. She thinks I can take 2 hour lunch breaks and engage her in deep conversations about the Young and the Restless. The dog always seems to bark when I take the phone off mute during the conference call to speak, and I can’t print out documents. If given the choice, I’ll schlep into the office.

  • Ess da 5’6″

    My work has telework options, and it’s the first time in my working life I’ve ever had the option. I still go into the office. Except for the week of the inauguration when we knew there would be traffic issues creating havoc getting into the office, I’ve deliberately gone into the office. I need that discipline. Everything in my place is a cause for distraction. Additionally, I like being able to separate work from home.

  • Erin

    This is a good problem to have. I miss being able to work from home.

  • BrothasKeeper

    If I ever worked from home, I’d be fired in 5 minutes. I need my home and work to be completely separate, if I can help it. Plus, there’s nothing like office mess.

    • Brass Tacks

      Agreed. If I worked from home I would be doing everything BUT work.

    • KeyBrad

      Not afraid to say I like office mess too.

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