Can working from Home make you Happier?

Have you ever tried working from home? Can it make you happier or will it stress you out? I’ve worked from home for many years and I definitely prefer it to going to the office. Here is why.

Less Wasted Time

You probably know people who spend an hour each way commuting each day.

Working from home

By the time you factor in a round trip, it could be 2 hours of wasted time each day. Imagine digging into your work for those 2 hours, you could accomplish a lot more and finish up sooner so that you can head outdoors and do something really fun. Working from home has its advantages.

Fitness can be part of your Day

If you’re an early riser like me, you can get started working while still in your pajamas. After you’ve worked a couple of hours, you can break for a couple of hours and enjoy some exercise. For me, it’s cycling, working out with weights, hiking, walking on the beach, or golfing.

Working from Home Allows Fitness

Once you’ve finished your exercise, you can wash up and spend several hours really heads-down on your work. You’ll come at it with a renewed state of mind. Working from home will undoubtedly be more productive.

Eliminating Time Draining Meetings

When you work in an office environment, it leads to lots of unnecessary meetings. By working from home, you can close the door, shut down your email, and work with a purpose.

Working from Home eliminates meetings

I find that I accomplish lots more when working at home than in the office because I am not constantly interrupted. When I do have virtual meetings, I limit them to 1 hour and I ensure we have clear objectives for the meeting and assignments once we leave.

Scheduling House Hold Appointments

Sometimes you need to be at home for an appointment. Whether it be meeting the cable person, waiting for a package to arrive or something similar, working from home gives you the freedom to schedule those types of appointments.

Working from Home Meet Others

If I get pulled away from my work during these appointments, I can work later that night if I need to make the time up. It provides a lot of flexibility.


Working at home can be a big improvement over working in an office. You will be more productive, more flexible, and happier. If you’ve worked at home before, please share your story in the comments below.

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12 thoughts on “Can working from Home make you Happier?

  1. TheMoneyMine

    Steve – Maybe you are more self-disciplined than I am, but I find it hard to actually get any kind of meaningful work done at home.
    I completely agree with all the points you’ve mentioned which is why I sometimes do work from home, but the efficiency of meeting people face to face, the quality of the work environment (multiple monitors and very fast internet) do usually help me get stuff done.
    I also like the physical separation between work and home and I usually prefer to stay at work till 8pm than bringing work home. Am I old fashioned?
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  2. LeisureFreak Tommy

    I have only been allowed to work from home office under unique circumstances like bad weather or needing to be home for a repair person, etc. I found I got more done because there wasn’t the constant interruptions. I also was able to invisibly multi task during meetings (conf calls) during those meetings we all have where our presence is requested but we have little involvement or input towards the meeting’s purpose. The true remote report job has always been allusive to me and one I always coveted.
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    1. Steve Miller Post author

      You may consider asking if you can do it on a trial basis – once a week. Then show how productive you are (quantify it for your boss) and slowly work your way into more days a week.

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