We all knew this post was coming. I was trying to give it a little time before delving into such a topic but it seems to be at the forefront of my mind each day so I will take a stab at it now. For what it is worth, I have only been at this work from home gig a little over a week so my insight and opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, I have a feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful step in my career.
-Right out of the gate I realized that differentiating between “work” and “home” was going to be important. I heard from numerous remote employees that keeping structure to your day is vital to a successful employee. So on moving day I made it a top priority to set up an office space in our apartment. Bonus for the big window and being able to see people out walking around because it helps me feel not so isolated.
(I have a chair and a monitor now!)
- Going along with the structure theme, I think it is important to make sure I am planning for things outside the house. Tonight that means a Happy Hour, but on nights with no plans it means taking Gatsby for a long walk or grabbing dinner with my sister. I’ve also found in the last week that it is best to get my training runs out of the way first thing in the morning. Getting up and out first thing in the AM really helps set my day in motion.
-Always take a lunch hour. Working from home is fabulous for a type-A homebody like myself. I am able to get things done during lunch and those peak commuting hours that used to get pushed to the weekend. That said, I quickly realized that my lunch hour is prime time to get some things around the house, or even errands, accomplished.
(my fall decor thus far is 2 pumpkin spice candles and pumpkin salt & pepper shakers)
The key is to have a game plan and to force yourself to step away for an hour and get a change of scenery. The work will still be there, and you are likely to come back more focused and ready to tackle your to-do list.
-The final thing I want to touch on is FOOD. I was warned that it was so easy to gain weight while working from home. I mean, I have access to a kitchen all day! But I am making a conscious effort to eat only when I am hungry and to plate my meals so that they are actual meals versus times to graze.
That said, my food intake is a work in progress, per usual, but I am loving the lack of tupperware in my life these last few days!
So, that is where I am at with working remotely so far. It’s a huge life adjustment to be sure, but I think it may just be the perfect situation for a girl like me. As long as I am able to shut down my computer at the end of the day and not open it again till morning (AKA keep the work life balance) I think I will do just fine. In the meantime, I am going to continue to savor the slower pace of life in Pittsburgh and take each day as it comes.