One of the things I appreciate about working from home is the ability to take my work with me. For the most part I work at my desk because it has an extra monitor which can be helpful for me since I work with a lot of data. But I watch Amelia most days while I work, and she’s 3, so she doesn’t give a fuck about my data input.
As such, I’ve tried to adjust where I work depending on the time of day. I’ll normally wake up, enjoy the sounds of the shower for a moment, then set up my laptop and mouse on a foldable TV dinner tray. It’s small, but I like how quaint it makes me feel.
From there I’ll either work with that surface and sit on the couch with Amelia, or I’ll move it to the kitchen table while she plays and dances, and then in the afternoon after I’ve gotten her down for her nap I’ll finish the day at my desk.
Altogether I’ve gotten good at my job using one and two screens. And, in the end, it doesn’t matter all that much to me. Things have been a lot more stressful on account of the move so I try to let work pass as easily as possible. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its hiccups, but rather I am not willing to expend the energy to care about those hiccups.
At the end of the day I don’t have to drive through traffic to get home, I’m able to see my daughter all day, and if I want to take a break and get a snack or tidy up the world is my oyster. Altogether I am grateful and fortunate for having a sense of security throughout all of this craziness. I will take it one day at a time, reminding myself to love, learn, and always grow.
Love you Amelia, mom, dad, sister, Marie, kitty
3 thoughts on “Work Where I Go”
Not having to face the daily commute is a big plus for me, and saves me about two hours in my day. I actually feel bad for when work from home arrangements cease to exist. I knew it was possible to do my work remotely all this while, but it took a pandemic to actually get everyone else on board. Weird how that goes. Wishing you the best!
Thank you so much for posting! This is the first comment I’ve ever gotten on this blog so it’s a very special occasion for me.
I think you hit the nail right on the head and make some excellent observations. Last March when it all broke bad most of my work was digital. And the work that wasn’t has now been digitized.
I knew I could be working from home for months but, for whatever reason, my boss wanted me there. Realistically I think it’s because the workforce is seen as an extension of the business and its overhead rather than real life humans with their own needs and wants. They want to make sure you’re on their property doing their work while they watch you so they can convince themselves they have more ownership over your being.
I’m always going to be grateful to work from home knowing others do not have this luxury. But I’ll never forget that those others deserve what I have if not more.
What I don’t get is the fact that I can say my quality of life has improved since working from home, as well as the quality of my work, but it will mean nothing if there’s no deadly virus keeping me away from the shop. It will mean nothing if my boss, who has always and will always live a life of luxury and privilege (the man took a fucking two-week vacation to Hawaii in December 2020) continues to look at every little thing with a dollar sign attached to it.
This was a long way of saying I totally know how you’re feeling, I truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my thoughts, and I sincerely hope you have a great rest of your day!
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Wow, I’m honoured to be the first commenter here, as well as to read your sincere reply.
And yes, I think most times, companies only want you there to justify them paying you. It’s not really for the want of better work output or productivity. Thanks for the reply!