A hobby is something that takes our minds off the reality of the the daily grind. Our escape from stress and the path to finding enjoyment in life. Most of the time it’s something that we do in our free time, or even that step further by incorporating their hobby with their jobs. I unfortunately fall into the former category and free time is something I have little of these days. But recently my job has become a bit flexible over the past few months and it seems my otakuism is interfering. Hit the jump to read on.
Being a web developer, there are only a few requirements needed for me to actually do my work: a PC/laptop and an internet connection. Oh and a phone line/mobile is optional. Having these already it has given me the opportunity to work from the comfort of my own home two days a week. The prospect of working from home is very enticing and it means quite a few things, but mainly that I save money from traveling to the office as well as save money from buying lunch.
However the dilemma I have at times as an otaku is focusing my energy into my work instead of being distracted by my pile of figures or backlog of anime to watch. When I started working from home it wasn’t like this at all, but with the revival of my burning passion, things have certainly become complicated. I am wondering if I have made a mistake in choosing to work from home, though I’m pretty sure some people are envious that I have such an option at the age of 24. But I also think the fact that I’m still young I don’t appreciate the value of working from home completely. Called me old fashioned but I think doing the daily grind of heading to the office is something that has to be done for a long time before you start working from home. Let’s just say I have a pretty strong work ethic since I’ve been working from the age of 8.
Although the otaku temptations have taken over at times, not all is lost. The beauty of being flexible and on days of working from home, the hours can start at whatever time. I could start at 9 a.m and finish at 5 p.m like normal, or even start at 5 a.m and finish at 1 p.m. It’s just a matter of doing my 7.6 hours of work. So to put it simple, if I watch one episode when I’m supposed to be working, I just have to work an extra 20 minutes. It does work out well at times but I feel the otaku temptations far exceed my willpower to actually being productive.
So if you happen to work from home, have experience of working from home, or have considered working from home what are some things you would do to fend off this otaku temptation?