Struggles of a Nigerian girl working from home

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Ok so let me admit, it’s a bit weird and strange to work from home. Don’t you think so?

I know it’s a thing in some parts of the world, and a few places in Nigeria. But I'm not sure it's widely accepted in our country. 

I’m not sure if I always wanted to be a career woman but I know I have always wanted to be influential, important and very busy (LOL)

So when the opportunity to work from home came, I was not sure what to make of it. But I took it anyway. 

The journey has been very interesting, from the annoying comments about the kind of work I do, to my struggles to make the most out of my day, to the times when I had to ask God  if what I was doing was even making any sense. 

People don’t understand what I do ( I'm a writer, content creator and personal development blogger) just because I work from home. It’s like they don’t even want to understand. 

They typical Nigerian question to everyone who has finished NYSC is ‘where do you work?’ Before I used to say I work from home with so much pride because I thought it was cool but experience has taught me and now I feel so weird answering the question.

These days, it takes me so much time to say where I work which makes it look like I don’t have a job and I’m just trying to form something off my head.

Typical answers I get  when I tell people where my office is located include: 

“what is that?”  “so when are you going to get a real job?” “how come your mummy allowed you to do this?” “Abeg go and apply for a real job jare.” 

There are times I cannot even explain how I feel when I hear these. Sometimes I’m  angry, other times I’m just not in the mood to hear their comments. Why are Nigerians so against anything different? 

I mean does everyone really have to wake up 4:30am in the morning to go to work and come back 10:00pm? I bet some of the people who even do all this rat race end up achieving almost nothing in the office.

Someone even suggested I drop my CV in a government office where I’d just go and sit down everyday, “ least you’ll know you will be going to the office.”

Can you imagine?

I admit it is fun sometimes to see the strange look on some people’s faces when I say I work from home, not to mention how some others insinuate that I just sit at home, watching TV all day, in their opinion I can’t be doing so much work from home right?

On the other hand, 

Working from home truly has it’s perks I get to share my time (when I get the formula right) properly I can read, work, pray and do other things at leisure, except when I have emergency work sha,

Working from home is also teaching me how to balance time properly. I will confess that I have not really gotten it right but I believe this is one thing I will get right eventually. It’s so easy to sleep off, or waste time gisting with family( if they are around) and watching TV.

Working from home gives me time to focus on other things. Time that I may not have once I get married, have children and become a very popular woman. Abi?

Working from home is truly helping me to me disciplined. No matter how badly I want to sleep, I’ve learnt that when I have to work, I just have to.

One major disadvantage is making family members understand and respect your working hours. It is soooooooo hard trust me. There are times my mum believes that as long as she can see me at home, she can make me do whatever she likes. ( you don’t even want to know how many times we fought because of that)

If you are thinking of working from home, get ready to face all these.

One thing I would advise is that you have a schedule for the day. When you have to go to an office you kinda have a schedule already planned out for you.

For example if you resume work at 8:00am you know you have to wake up at a certain time to get to work on time.

It’s not the same when you are working from home. You can end up sleeping till 12:00pm if you are not careful.

Draft a to-do list for each day and give it a timeline, this way you can evaluate all your activities for the day to ensure you didn’t just waste an entire day. That thing can pain!

Highlight your working hours and stick to it. Regular workers have working hours right? So who says we can’t. Having working hours gives your day some kind of structure. This will help you achieve other things throughout the day like house chores, break, and personal time.

Put off the television
For the love of God get rid of that distraction because that’s what the TV is, a distraction.

Evaluate your self
It’s easy to write out plans but executing is quite difficult.  I advise that you regularly evaluate your progress and achievements. How have you fared in the past few weeks? What have you done right? Where have you made mistakes? Make corrections where necessary. 

I think I’ve talked enough.

Do you currently work from home? What’s the experience been like good or bad?

I can’t wait to hear from you. 

So much love

1 comment:

  1. Wow, we have some inside gist here. We'd see about that in camera. I stayed a year at home before going for nysc, I started blogging and my business that year and I did all that from the comfort of my room. So I can classify myself as a stay-at-home entrepreneur too right, maybe.
    It's really fun working from home, cus of the flexibility and all. Having family members around esp parents can be a huge distraction cus they feel they can scream out ur name at random. You have to be very disciplined to achieve more. Create like an office space in your room, I won't advise you to work on your bed. Take your bath and get dressed like you are going to an actual office (you don't have to wear your outing clothes o)
    I wish you the best dear and speedy expansion so you can have your proper office space.


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