Working from home was not something that I wanted to do in the past. As a salaried employee, you know we generally put in more than 40 hours a week and there were a lot of times, I stayed late in the office to finish a report, presentation or audit. Work wasn’t pleasant… I wanted to keep home and work separate. No working in my “place of peace”. When I’m bored or want to avoid a situation, I will throw myself completely into work. It just gives me somewhere else to put my thoughts momentarily. I didn’t want to turn into a work hobbit at home.
So…I’ve been in my current position for…2 years. Not long at all. I’ve been remote for the biggest of my time that I’ve been employed. At first I was all about it with the scare of the pandemic, my kid having to go to school virtually, daycare closed…it was a mess.
My hobby room now turned into an office/hobby room. I make my own schedule, I’m not micro-managed, I don’t have to wear clothes and sometimes I don’t have to leave the bed. I can build naps into my day, run errands, take care of household chores, make appointments and work from anywhere in the world as long as I have internet. The biggest positive for me was the time that I was able to spend with my children. I had spent the last 6 years traveling for work and putting in long hours. I planned to make the best of it. I always say, everything happens for a reason.
Before the new variants came on the scene, our CEO was polling the staff about reopening the office. About 50% were ready to go back into the office and the other 50% had found normalcy in working from home. I was in the 50% who does not want to return to the office. My job does not require me to honestly work with anyone but I know our laid back office environment is a staple for our company. It was a selling point for me when considering the position. And I was able to experience it for a short period of time. It was indeed nice, but I realized how much I loved being at home in my own space.
Today we learned that we will all remain remote until 2022. I’m sure a lot of companies are making adjustments to accommodate their staff working from home as a permanent option. I proposed we make more definite decisions on reopening for those of us with children. I would love to remain working with my company and have the flexibility to move. A lot has happened in my life in general since we have transitions to working remote. Relocating is at the top of my priority list at the moment. And I’d love the possibility of relocating out of state.
I realize it was Wellness Wednesday and I was unproductive across the board. I didn’t work on my book. I hadn’t completed a blog entry all day. I didn’t work on my app or fulfill any orders for my little side hustle. I was truly lazy today. Unproductive for a better choice of words. And I had really done much of nothing for work. This time of year, I don’t really have much to do. Sales slow a little, training halts for a bit and everyone prepares for flu season.
I had one meeting and spent the rest of the day looking at houses, doing laundry and sneezing. Dusty home repairs have thrown my allergies in overdrive and I’m sitting here with tissue hanging out of my nose.
Going back into an office environment is not something that I want to do at this point. I never thought I’d say this. Hell to be honest, I don’t want to HAVE to work for anyone else period. I believe I have quite enough business ideas that allow me to just enjoy the remainder of my time on this weird ass planet with those that I love.
If you participate in Wellness Wednesday, I hope it was awesome. If you don’t you should try it out. I missed Lunchtime Yoga. It was replaced with an unscheduled nap after I made the kids lunch. Smh. We’re halfway through the week, even closer to Christmas and folks tell me Fall is upon us…I’ve got to at least go outside a little more.
Note to self: You should probably change the yard flag too. It may still say Hello Spring 🤦🏾♀️
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