It’s really windy outside and I haven’t gotten to do anything new in the garden, so I thought I’d post about something a bit different.
I work for an kids’ virtual world site, and have been for just over a year now. I’ve been working from home since the major earthquakes happened here last year (like many Christchchurch folks, I’d imagine) and it’s brought about some weird changes, some good and some bad. I know I am extremely lucky to still have a job after the earthquakes.
I can (and sometimes do) go to work in my sweats & hoodie, or even my pajamas (win).
I can have whatever’s in my kitchen for lunch!
I get kitty cuddles whenever I want.
I’m home if we’re expecting something in the mail, although the couriers prefer banging so hard on our door (at 7am) that they make the dead bolt pop out and I can’t open the door until I find it (one of the charms of living in this house). By that time they’re usually screaming down the block because they like to drive like maniacs. I could write an entire post on that. Maybe I will.
I don’t have to worry about annoying my coworkers by listening to music all day. I find music helps me block out whatever noise Ben’s creating if he’s home while I’m working.
I can chuck loads of laundry through and get them hung out or pop them in the dryer during my shift.
I could seriously write about 34234984373 more things about how working from home is awesome, but I don’t want to make you jealous, so I won’t.
The not as awesome:
I have to actually plan trips out to places like the pharmacy, the grocery store, or the post office instead of just stopping there on the way to/from work.
Sometimes it’s hard to leave work at work, because it’s at home. I have to physically get up from my computer when I’m done with work and go do something else so I’m not in work mode anymore.
I’m not walking as much as I used to. I have started taking nightly walks, though. Winter stopped them for a bit, but now I have no excuse, really.
I don’t read as much as I used to. I used to take the bus to work, so I had a good hour of reading a day if I read on the way to work and back. I have plenty of books to read, but now it always feels like I could be doing something else! I miss that hour of reading. I used to really plow through the books when I didn’t work from home.
I have the latest George R. R. Martin book on my dresser and I can’t find time to read it. That’s a major fail on my part. I guess I’ll have to start scheduling myself reading time. Stuff doesn’t get done unless it’s on a list these days!
My conclusion is, working from home is actually awesome. The rest is just me whinging. WordPress, whinging is a real word. If you live in New Zealand, anyway.
Have you noticed any unexpected changes happening in your life at the moment?