Working from home is much more than just a new way of getting your job done. It’s a complete lifestyle makeover—a
transformation of the way you spend your valuable hours and days. No longer will there be a strict separation between work and the rest of your life. Instead, the two will become inextricably intertwined, for better and for worse. Yes, you’ll be able to take an afternoon break to walk your dog, but you might also have to field an important conference call while your dog is barking, and perhaps go back to your computer late in the evening to make up for an extra-long midday stroll.
Like any lifestyle choice, working from home isn’t for everyone. This chapter will help you assess whether or not you’ve got the personality traits and work habits shared by the happiest and most successful teleworkers. You might conclude that you’re the perfect candidate for a full-time, work-at-home career. Or, you might realize that you’re not quite ready to cut your ties to the office, so that part-time telework is the way to go. You might even decide that telework simply isn’t for you. But many people find that the effort is worth it. After all, there’s no office on earth that can offer the freedom, flexibility, and convenience of one in your own home.
Focus on how you work best—not just the work itself. For the moment, don’t worry about whether your current job is one that can be done outside an office. We’ll consider your job’s “teleworkability” in the next chapter.