Hey you, yeah you. I know you - we have never met, but trust me when I say that I know you. You are that person who dreams of working from home 24/7. You know who you are… and since I know who you are too, here are a few thoughts you might have had while day dreaming of working from home:
- "I am so much more productive at home without a million people stopping by my desk"
- "My diet and workout routine would be ON POINT if I did not have to wrestle traffic every day and miss the opportunity to go to the gym"
- "I would be so much less stressed about having to go into the office and thus more focused on my work"
- "I would save so much money on gas and not needing work clothes"
- "I would have so much more time for my friends and family"
- "Working from home would solve ALL of my problems"
Hey - it's not a bad thing. I was just like you once. And when the opportunity came up for me to make the transition into full time WFH - I was more than eager to jump at the opportunity. I was ecstatic to be able to spend the day working, hanging with my pups, and working out… and that idea still gives me warm fuzzies all over, but before you decide to jump right in let me give you a healthy dose of reality.
- Oh yeah, I am productive alright, but my scope of work now includes dishes, laundry, dog walking, making the bed, folding all blankets, and all other house hold tasks. I know what you are thinking "wouldn’t you be doing that anyway?", and the answer is yes - I would - but the difference is that it literally drives me BONKERS if I can see these tasks incomplete and thus becomes a part of my daily work routine - the work literally never ends. And let's just say I do not get to all the tasks by the time K gets home, I find that I am utterly insecure that he thinks I have been doing nothing all day (because lets be real, I'm wearing the same thing that I was when he left…)
- One of the statements I told everyone as I was gearing up to transition to my new home office was "I will be so much less stressed if I do not have to go into the office". Turns out, the stress of work has very little to do with your location and a whole lot to do with your job itself. Now I have the added pleasure of worrying about MY PERSONAL internet connection issues - goodbye blaming bad connectivity on the company and hello my eternal battle with Xfinity!
- Ha - that's cute. I might be saving on gas, going out to lunch, and the occasional blouse, but I have more than made up for it with my new addiction to online shopping. Fabletics, Le Tote, Stich Fix, MyHabit, Gilt, HauteLook - you name it, I am on it! I am a woman possessed.
Diet & Workout Routine
- Won’t even try to lie to you - this is a huge perk. My diet has seriously improved because I am cooking for myself and I exorcise 5-6 days a week. However, I should also mention that my gym is in my garage, so not only do I work from home, but I work out from home too! This adds up to a lot of AT HOME time…
I now have a love / hate relationship with leaving the house
- The biggest and most SHOCKING development with this entire situation is my love / hate relationship with leaving the house. On the one side, I am always excited to get out and about, but on the other hand I am horrified by the idea of getting out of my yoga pants!!!!
All in all, they call it work for a reason and you get paid for a reason - and if you are among the few who love what you do for every moment of every day… please tell me your secrets! I will admit that some things have improved and working from home is not all that bad (I mean, how bad could it be when you get to LIVE in yoga pant), but I will N-E-V-E-R be problem free. All in all, I wish I appreciated my office life a little more. I miss the community, the lunches, and the gossip. I believe there is a healthy balance that I hope to achieve when I return to the great PNW… but until then
YOGA PANTS AND CHILL!