It was my first day working from home today and I took it upon myself to use today partially to observe.
The trade-offs to working from home (the good and the bad) and the areas where I can improve BY working from home.
(and I know my posts are relatively boring at the moment, but as this is the first new job I’ve had since the better part of a decade, I feel the need to chronicle it all. It’ll wane, I promise. I have some other posts I want to get to, too. Soon.).
So, with that said, here are my trade-offs…
I can workout whenever I want. (theoretically)
Trade-off: I can work out whenever I want.
This is a trade-off because even though I *do* have more flexibility to work out a little later, or during my lunch break, I still feel *so* regimented to the 5:30 am wake-up and go. But as I will have more late-day/early evening meetings on occasion, it also means I need to work out in the morning or mid-day. But that’s okay.
I don’t have to ‘fake’ the confidence…(face to face).
Trade-off: But I *do* have to ‘fake’ the confidence more over the phone, which for me, has always been super challenging.
But, already, I am had a couple of calls today and I made sure to take the reigns and just go with it. I DO know my stuff, so it’s my time to prove it. I will conquer the phone.(I don’t know why it’s been hard for me, in the past, given I am on the phone so much for my job, but in some situations, I lose my luster and that habit needs to NOT find it’s way back to me).
I work really well independently.
Trade-off: I can imagine I will get lonely sometimes.
But, with my travel schedule, it won’t be huge chunks of time where I will be alone, and it just means I need to make sure to get out during the day or night. Whether it be the gym, or coffee, or meeting up with a friend who might be around. I need to make the effort. Or else it can get really easy to just be a loner (and I’m not knowing loner-ness since I LOVE being alone, but you get my drift, I think?).
I don’t have to worry about what to wear every day.
Trade-off: But I don’t want to feel like a schlep either.
I love working in my yoga pants, but I also think I do need to make an effort to still try and look good. Maybe it’s a mental thing, but I feel better and more confident when I look better. Ya know, hair done, some makeup on. But yoga pants? I just think I need to buy some more 😉
Trade-off: Routine? Where?
Ahhhh! It’s KILLING ME! I need my routine and I am trying so hard to just realize that the next couple of months will be a huge adjustment. And I know I have mentioned this in previous posts, but I guess it’s hard for me to adjust to a change in routine on the work front when I have been working really hard on that on the relationship front with M, too.
But I am proud to say that I think M and I are finally getting to fall into step with each other, and this job actually really helps that in some ways. With my morning a little ‘looser’ I won’t feel like I have to ‘work around’ when he stays over or when I stay over his, because I can always workout at a different time, or juggle my schedule around a bit to accomodate whatever he has going on, too. That’s a plus. A big one.
I can take more time for meals at home.
Trade-off: Carving out the time in my daily schedule to make my breakfast, lunch and plan ahead for dinner (crockpot etc).
This one isn’t really a bad trade-off at all. I mean, really. But, I do realize that I need more make-at-home breakfast and lunch options! So, hit me, friends! Send me some of your fave breakfast and lunch options (and any good crockpot recipes too). As much as I have complained about being sick of my breakfast and lunch options when I had to pack a lunch, I’m suddenly at a loss. Where are all those recipes I’ve been dying to be able to have during the work day?!
Do share 🙂
So, there you have it. My early list of trade-offs from working from home…I mean, I love it so far, absolutely. This is my kind of working environment and one I can thrive in. But it does come with its trade-offs and some challenges that I am actually looking forward to conquering. This is going to help me grow, even though from the outside looking in, it could easily be a way to hide behind my computer and make a name for myself. Not so, not going to happen.
I gotta remember…I GOT THIS! IT’S IN THE BAG! 🙂