Yesterday I woke up, cooked breakfast, did the dishes, took out the trash, grilled chicken for dinner and did a load of laundry. Then it dawned on me, I am basically a “Stay at Home Husband”. That is not a bad thing, I just never thought of myself in those terms. Ever since I quit my job back in February to work for myself full-time, I find myself doing much more around the house.
It is so hard to work from home and not get stuff done around the house. If I see dirty dishes in the sink, it haunts me until they are put in the dishwasher. So far, it has not been an issue to get work done, but it can distract me from getting things done in the time-frame that I want. I love efficiency, however, it is hard to be efficient when you walk by a full trash can and stop what you are doing to take it out to the dumpster. I realize that this is not much different than being interrupted in a typical work environment. According to a study by Basex in 2009, 2.1 hours is spent per day being interrupted and trying to refocus. So I know that I am not the only one that struggles with this.
What I mean by “sort of”
I do actually work for a living, so I am not really a full fledged “Stay at Home Husband”. I have an office that I go to once a week just so I feel like I own a business. I split my time between doing SEO for various clients and doing Financial Coaching which keeps me pretty busy.
Getting out of the house
I couldn’t stay in the house all day, every day or I would go stir crazy. I often schedule coffee or lunches with friends throughout the week to make sure that I don’t become a hermit, closed off to the real world. So far this has been a good strategy to keep me sane.
Working from home has been great because of the freedom and the flexibility that it allows, however, I just have to do a better job at not getting distracted during the day when I am in the middle of my work.
Are you a “Stay at Home Husband” or do you work from? If so, what has your experience been like?