Working from home offers a lot of advantages: one, there’s being able to use the time you would have spent commuting to actually sitting down and working (in my case, writing); two, there’s the healthy stash of food at arm’s reach; and three, there is no time to get oneself soaked in the rain (or in sweat because of the sun).
You accomplish more because you have more time; and that’s really all there is to it. No problem? Here’s something to think about: doesn’t the casual setup of working at home make one seem a bit less professional? Donning house clothes and forgetting to fix one’s hair are some examples—can you imagine going to work looking like that? Not to mention there’s a constant temptation to procrastinate: What’s a few more pages of this novel when you’re saving three hours for skipping the daily commute, right?
The big problem with working right at home (maybe also: “feeling right at home in the office”?) is that there is the tendency to forget oneself: you may be professional but you don’t look it. How could you when you’re writing in your laptop on a bed? Or wearing your hair like Ronald McDonald? Or simultaneously glancing at a transcript and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?
With the kind of mess you make working at home, it’s hard to see how you get anything done. Some people say appearance doesn’t matter—one can’t judge a book by its cover. You can’t say a person in a bathrobe is any less productive than a person in a suit, and that may be true in every way, except it doesn’t change the fact that the bathrobe still looks less pro.
Working from home is good—it just has to be done with some finesse! A casual setup doesn’t necessarily have to be a pigsty; the way you prepare yourself for work (wherever you work) is also a part of being professional—it’s a duty! Not only because appearance affects attitude (I think it really does) but also because it’s a way of treating your work with respect it deserves. After all, what would you be without your occupation? Bored!