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  1. Greg O'Donoghue
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    A good article giving an honest feedback on home-working , tele-working ,
    Justin , gives angles to everyday situations , that grabs my attention.
    He goes into corners that probably others would not.
    He jumps in , whether its wordpress articles , or Life articles similar to this, despite , what he says about his independence , he has an inbuilt compass of whats happening out there ,
    I could relate to this article , and could even write a chapter on my own experiences , Always look forward to his writing , well done , ( Greg ),

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  2. William Patton
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    When you work in an office you dream of how nice it would be to work from home. When you are forced to work from home some people dream of how nice it would be to work in an office.

    I have worked from home for a decade and I love it. Firends used to assume I could do whatever I wanted all day. I don’t need to tell you all at this point that is not how it works.

    Working form home has different struggles. Those struggles are something I forgot about but they are very real and I have got to witness other people fall into the work-from-home lifestyle and it is not easy to adapt to it at short notice.

    There was no time for them to learn how to shut out the distractions of home life during worktime. No way for their family members to know the bounderies needed. Ain’t no way your teaching a young kid to stay out during calls if they have never seen you do calls at home often.

    The work/life balance is hard to get right when all of your work and all of your live happens inside your home. Both sides encroach on each other in ways that are hard to explain.

    Sometimes working from home is working all of the time. Sometimes working from home is doing only household chores all of the time. How do you fit both into the one space?

    How do you get everything you need to done? This has been the most common question I have got in the past months.

    The truth is there is no hard and fast answer to it. You do what works. What works for me might not work for you and what works for you might not work for your neighbour.

    I love working from home but It is not without it’s share of challenges. I had plenty of time to adapt over the years. The people that have been forced to adjust without any lead-in time have got it rough though.

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  3. Jeremy Ratliff
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    I have worked from home for a little over 10 years and I live alone… It’s still a daily struggle when I realize I am the only one that can make coffee.

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  4. Doug
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    I have worked from home / 2 different homes / for about 5 years now. I would preface this by saying living in Ohio we were blessed to have Amy Acton as our public health director so that really helped a lot of people understand what was going on.

    At first, I was like I’ve been doing this for a while it’ll be ok. But then I realized how much I missed the routine of watching sports + social gatherings + planning vacations, etc.

    Working from home during coronavirus is different from working from home minus coronavirus. Great Point!

    Ultimately, I think working from home is more productive for the creative class: if you have an idea spring into your mind you can run over to your workstation and do it. That’s been my experience. And talking to a client or a co-worker over the phone is much more comfortable than someone leaning over your cubicle or over your shoulder as you’re typing or photoshopping.

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  5. Topher
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    My family has been a work-from-home family for 10 years now, so it doesn’t feel a whole lot different yet. My kids now work (out of the home), so there’s always that wondering if they’re going to bring it home, but that tends to relax the longer it doesn’t happen.

    While my own life has been largely uninterrupted, the company I work for is NOT a remote work place, so suddenly having EVERYONE work from home was wildly stressful for many of them, especially those with kids. I really feel for them, especially now as they have to decide about school.

    I hear often “When the kids are are grandma’s this remote work stuff is AMAZING. When they’re home it’s pure hell.”

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  6. Bob Dunn
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    Thanks for this post Justin. Yeah, working remotely, whether for an employer or yourself, comes with a lot of twist and turns. The most recent, although it appears we are already in our natural habitat, comes with challenges still and a lot that you have already faced.

    I will refrain from reflecting of 25+ years of running my businesses out of our home I’ve seen a lot. Back in those days it wasn’t cool for sure :) Take care and do your best.

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  7. Ryan
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    I think this biggest challenge with the pandemic is that your home became the space for everything, not just work.

    Before the pandemic, if I felt like I needed a change of space I could go work at a coffee shop or I was able to go to the gym. Once everything closed home became the space for everything, but for myself and my partner. This made it really challenging to have boundaries around work and leisure time.

    I think right now remote work can be especially challenging if you don’t have your own personal workspace, but that’s obviously a luxury that may not be available for everyone. This may not have been as noticeable before but with more people/family at home the problem is amplified

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  8. ezdividends
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    Wonderful article. I have 2 young kids that are being homeschooled for most of this year. The constant balancing act of watching them and doing work is very challenging.

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