We have all been impacted by this new normal of working from home due to recent current events. For some, it’s business as usual. For others, it’s a huge shift. I’m sure plenty fall somewhere in between. Fortunately, my job has had the flexibility to work from home on an as-needed basis, maybe about once a week. I worked from home a few days a week when I transitioned back to work from maternity leave last summer. So, the work from home experience is not completely foreign to me.
I’ve historically been a fan of working from home, at least for some of the time. I would not want to do it exclusively. I just don’t think there’s a need to be in the office 100% of the time if most of my work is at a desk on a computer anyway. But, there can be a hurdle sometimes convincing people that work is something that you do, not a place that you go. Overall, I generally prefer the balance of experiencing both office life and work from home life.
As we are on week two (is it only week two? week three?) of working from home exclusively due to recent executive orders, I’ve had some time to settle into this new lifestyle. And you know what? I don’t hate it. I’ve compiled the following list of my ten favorite things about working from home.
Disclaimer: I have been fortunate enough to be able to continue daycare, so I don’t have a one-year-old at home during work hours. I am also about 25 weeks pregnant, so my list may be skewed towards pregnancy comforts that I would not get to enjoy at the office.
Comfort is absolutely key in this work from home business. Additionally, I am at the point in my pregnancy somewhere between button extenders and requiring actual maternity pants. Yoga pants have filled that gap, and have increased my happiness so much this past couple of weeks. I have been softly suggesting yoga-pants-to-work-Fridays for years. It hasn’t taken. Now it’s yoga-pants-to-work-every-day! No complaints here.
Single person bathrooms.
This is my absolute favorite positive about not going into the office. Not having to trudge down the hallway and share a six-stall restroom with the rest of the women on my floor at least every hour is a huge bonus (especially when there are five stalls available and they choose the one adjacent to mine!). I’ve been trying to split my time between the two available restrooms in my house so neither feels neglected.
All. The. Snacks.
I normally show up on Monday mornings armed with a tote full of four prepped lunches, overnight oats for the week, a bundle of bananas, snacks, and my ration of beverages for the week. Being at home, all my food is here! The opportunities are endless! My breakfast, lunch, and snacks are now fueled on what I want to eat instead of what I brought to eat. Pizza for breakfast? Yaaas. French toast for lunch? Don’t mind if I do.
Having my feet up.
There is a substantial amount of time spent making office workstations more ergonomic due to prolonged sitting. We’ve got the chairs, the little footrest under the desk, the mouse pad thing. None of that compares to being able to lounge on the couch with my feet up, laptop in lap for at least part of the day. We just got a new sectional about a week before the stay-at-home orders were issued, and the timing could not have been more perfect. I love this couch.
Spending more time with my dog.
She spends most of the day napping in different positions on the couch or her bed. Her work ethic is inspired. I do have the opportunity to get up and poke her or provide belly rubs if I’m feeling lonely. She also alerts me to trespassing squirrels. She has been joining me on my mid-morning strolls that I typically do myself around the office building.
Running the robovac every day.
The robovac is my favorite purchase after having a newborn. Who is going to vacuum with a new baby around? He is called Dusty. However, I do not trust Dusty to roam around the house unsupervised, so I only run him when I’m at home. He’s been doing his rounds at least once every workday, and my floors have never looked better.
No more commute.
Between daycare drop-off and working in Jacksonville, my commute takes about an hour. I didn’t realize how draining the commute has been until I haven’t been doing it. Where did all this energy come from? I have been missing out on my audiobooks, but I do not miss the drive! Or traffic.
Pool on lunch breaks.
This is something I have not been able to enjoy this recent working from home experience since my neighborhood pool is closed, but I look forward to hopefully being able to spend about half an hour at the pool during lunch breaks on future work from home days. I’ve settled on chilling on the back patio while the dog lounges in the sun lately.
More time with my husband.
My husband has an outdoor job with minimal office work, but he has had the ability to do some work from home lately. It’s been nice to have more time together, such as having a copilot during daycare drop-offs and pick-ups, lunch breaks together, or casual chats during the day.
Sleep in an hour!
This coincides with #7 lack of commuting, but since the office is the living room, I’ve been able to sleep in an extra hour! What’s really happening is that I’m also staying up later as my husband and I are night owls by nature, but it’s great to wake up with the sun up.
There you have it! My favorite things about working from home. This isolation thing isn’t all bad. What are your favorite aspects about working from home?