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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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  • Val

    I love working from home. Been doing it for a few years now. Whenever anyone asks about it I say the number one thing to be successful at working from home is discipline. Without it you will constantly be behind and frustrated. With it, working from home is pure joy.

    Also, it helps to have workmates and VSBers are mine. Not sure what I’d do with out all of you. So, thanks for being my workmates!

  • cheddachasa

    When I was self-employed I would work from home a couple of days per week. The previous night would be filled with plans to put in a full eight hours the next morning but then I would sleep late, go for a run or whatever and would end up at my desk well past noon. Then I had to deal with the world’s biggest distraction, the internet.

    I enjoyed the freedom but my work and my income, suffered.

  • kingpinenut

    Working from home *is* bullshyte.

    It’s the reason I spend time at Dovecote Cafe when I’m not traveling.

  • Simms~

    I used to WFH one day a week and then changed departments so lost that option. I miss it but don’t really mind coming in. I used to get all school work done at work though, so I didn’t mind coming in cause it was actually more productive and I’d finish my assignments earlier. Now that I’m finished with school I may have to look into regaining at least one WFH day.

  • Valerie

    Working from home in a tech support position: SUCKS. I had to get out of that.

    I’m a true introvert, I am not opposed to working from home. I like how my side hustle developer job lets me work from home. However I am looking to work in a creative design studio, I like bouncing my ideas around with like minded people. Sometimes there are things I don’t catch in my code or design that someone else could catch if working in a team.

  • HouseOfBonnets

    Working from home full time is for the birds.When I tell you I jumped on the best first offer smoking at the top of this year, you could have sworn I just had a great shift at KOD during labor day weekend. ????

  • Animate

    Working at a software company, working from home is the greatest. Everyone that does so says it’s some of their most productive days since you can’t get the frequent distraction of someone walking over ot you to ask about something, which actually has it’s benefits.

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      THIS. It takes a lot of discipline to work from home AND be productive. I’ll take that over talking to my coworkers any day.

    • MsSula

      Seriously, I am a lot more productive when working from home. Besides, I manage 10 countries and only live in 1 so I am telecommuting for all my other countries anyways, even when I am in the office.

    • NonyaB?

      Especially since despite all evidence from studies showing that it cause drop in overall productivity, companies continue setting up bullsh*t open seating. That crap makes cubicles look luxurious.

    • Me

      There was a time when I was trying to “white boy” my way into a couple promotions at work, and I quickly learned that when you’re black and they designate you as the golden girl one year, unlike your white male counterparts who can do no wrong until they voluntarily leave the company from then on, you live out the rest of your employment dangerously close to being fired and scapegoated for everyone else’s BS. At the time, folks kept pushing this notion of “you need to have face time with the big wigs, so we can’t afford for you to work from home.” That lasted until someone threw me under the bus. Now folks use face time to try and catch me in a terminable offense. So I make no qualms about working from home these days. They can’t say work ain’t getting done when that’s the ONLY thing you have to judge me on and face time ain’t a real job requirement. Although I’ve been unofficially salary capped for a couple years, it works out in my favor because I was already making good money, and now instead of chasing titles, I use all my extra energy on my side hustle, which has been fairly consistent since the black balling. The funny thing is, if it hadn’t worked out this way, I would’ve been a workaholic for them getting little satisfaction out of what amounts to a permanent interview. I much rather build my wealth under the radar while they think they have my livelihood in their hands. Bonus: since it’s understood that I’m no longer on the fast track, they were more than willing to let me work from home on a semi-formal basis once I became pregnant, so I haven’t had to buy maternity workwear all year.

  • BM, Superman

    Work as a fundraiser so I don’t really work from home as I’m always out talking to people and getting $$$.

    • Tam

      I’ll fail at the job

      • BM, Superman

        Smart, charismatic, and interested in people? You already have the qualities of an excellent fundraiser.

        • Tam

          I hate asking people for money. It makes me feel awkward as heII. Even going to the bank or credit union makes me feel really dumb. But thank you

          • BM, Superman

            It’s something many people aren’t comfortable with and that’s okay. I’ll say that many people count themselves out of being an effective fundraiser when they certainly have what it takes.

      • 44isnojoke

        I know right! Org blah blah blah needs your support, can we count on you for $? Thousand dollars?
        Rich folk: I don’t think….
        Me: ok then *walks away*

    • Janelle Doe

      Hold on there Remy
      I thought you were running for office?

      • BM, Superman

        Yep! But that’s a bit further in my future. Don’t worry though Janelle, you’ll be able to vote for me one day.

      • Tam

        Stepping stone and networking

      • Cheech

        Office = full time fundraising

  • I loved it at first… and then I would be dying to leave the house… I mean putting on church outfits to go to the gas station because I would stay in underwear and t-shirts all day..

    Not to mention the increase in your energy bill… I’m good.

  • cakes_and_pies

    If I work from home, I don’t get paid or accrue time, so it’s off to work for me.

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