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Making Work From Home Work To Create A Better Human

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A lot can be said for the benefits of working from home. Less commuting, more time to work, the elimination of office politics. By doing a simple search via an established search engine (see what I did there?) you will see a number of these cookie cutter reasons why working from home does indeed work.

But how will it make a better human being out of you? Now you might be thinking I’m getting a little sentimental in my old age (I’m 28 on Friday by the way) but I can say categorically that I am a better man following my 16 months of working out of my home office.

Let me get one thing straight I wasn’t terrible before as I am sure you aren’t neither. But here’s one thing you need to know one; working from home WILL make you a better human being.

Self application:

Everything in life requires self application. If you’re the type of individual who sits back waiting for things to happen then please leave this blog now. I’m not going to be any use to you and vice versa.

In order to reap the benefits of working from home and become a better human you need to apply yourself. We are all cut from quite different cloth and our goals and aspirations in life differ. I love that about the human race. No one person has the same quest.

I wanted to provide real life benefits of working from home; things you can take on board and apply. Alternatively maybe they will inspire you or spark things in your life which you’d look to change.

Better partner:

We all know how it can get. You both work similar shifts, both return from work tired and the relationship doesn’t strain but becomes one of ‘tiredness and venting’ to one another about the woes of your day.

Working from home although extremely exhausting gave me those extra hours to concentrate on becoming a ‘better’ partner. Waking a little earlier to make my partners lunch for her day ahead, preparing dinner and having that extra time saved from commuting to cover off some of the household chores.

This enabled us both to have more free time to spend with one another. It’s arguably the happiest we have ever been even with the stresses of full time roles, other commitments and the planning of a wedding. It was all worth it though! Our priorities will never stray from this neither.

Ryan & Beth

Better friend:

Working in an office environment can lead to a lazy way of viewing friendship. You see other humans everyday and sometimes when it gets to finishing work all you want is your free time. Although I love my free time; working from home also brings isolation. It therefore forces you not to rely on those ‘work only’ friends you lean on in the office and encourages you to make more effort with established friendship groups.

I neglected my best two friends from university who happened to live in the same city as me while I was working in the office. The need to gain more interaction meant I rekindled this friendship and we now see one another regularly.

Not just this but I saw more of all my friends and made more of an effort to increase my friendship group. It’s difficult to determine whether this would have happened had I stayed in the office.

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Improved Health:

Again health wasn’t terrible. I didn’t smoke, I drank occasionally but the whole concept of diet and nutrition was alien to me. Pasta would be a regular on the menu and lunch times would consist of anything which our subsidised canteen cooked up. I had no clear nutritionally knowledge.

The freedom of the home working allowed me to buy the type of foods I wanted to eat and maintain a diet which offered me some type of nutritional value. I also has my own kitchen to prepare and refine meals; something most offices do not cater for.

Once you have changed a mind set and developed a new one it’s quite difficult to fall back into the historical way of doing something. I actually did the opposite and began researching more healthy meals; alternatives to the ‘cheat’ foods I like to eat.

Work from home or no work from home I now have this instilled in me and will be something I endeavour to maintain.

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Before I worked from home.

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Improved fitness/posture/body:

I’m always stunned when individuals cite ‘fitness’ as one of the struggles when working from home and I think it gives you the best opportunity to improve your fitness and overall well being.

I’m not going to preach the benefits of exercise and how it improves lifestyle because everybody knows this (despite sweeping it under the carpet). It was always a little bit of an elephant in the room for me before I trained. Since working from home I’ve rarely been ill and not required the doctor. I’m a better, more healthy human being as a result.

Becoming a dude who digs cats:

I know what you’re thinking, ‘everyone has a cat’. Sure you’re right but working from home gave us the opportunity to adopt a kitten who had been stranded by unforgiving owners. Having me at the house gave the kitten the perfect upbringing and enabled him to become the awesome cat he is today.

We had never considered this previously. It didn’t cross our minds and probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t worked from home. Am I any different from millions of people across the globe for this? No. But does it make us feel awesome for saving him and giving him an amazing home? You bet it does. Spud I salute you.

Spud Kitten

My main dude Spud as a kitten.

Not so little now but still my  main dude.

Not so little now but still my main dude.

The personal benefits of working from home

We are always greeted with the ‘facts’ when it comes to working from home when really what people want is a case study or proof of how it can also make better humans out of us. My changes and achievements are personal to me and me only. My self pride is at a all time high and I owe this to the introduction of home working in some capacity. It might not be for everyone but it’s improved my life and it could also improve yours.

If you already work from home and have experienced similar changes in your life then please let me know in the comments below as I would be delighted to hear further success stories.

About the author

Ryan Gibson

Hey! I'm a 28 year old digital marketing guy residing in Leeds, England. My skill is in search marketing and I have gathered over 6 years experience of working on large multilingual campaigns for a number of FTSE 250 Organisations. After accepting a role with a business based in Singapore I began questioning traditional business practice and employee retention. This blog GenerationY.com was therefore born with focus on Y in the workplace. A millennial child at heart I aim to provide a voice for the 'misunderstood' generation and my goal is simply to change perception and corporate mind set on work/life attitudes; inspiring companies and individuals to seek change.

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