It’s a Sunday night, my boy, who is suffering yet another Daycare outbreak, has just been put to bed and I am finding myself feeling a strong sense of gratitude as I pour myself a glass of wine.
A few years back, I dreaded Sunday’s more than any other day of the week. The thought of dragging myself through yet another full work week weighed heavy on my mind, obstructing me from enjoying the last half of my weekend. During these times, I questioned whether there was more to life than work as I prepared the next 5 days of lunches.
Being on the other side now, I can tell you that yes, there is definitely more to life and it’s easier to jump the fence than you may think.
Take a deep breath and let me walk you through the transition.
Stage 1 – Want more than 9-5
I totally acknowledge that this isn’t for everyone. Firstly, you need to have a job that can actually be done from anywhere. On top of that, you actually need to want a change, so much so that you are prepared to take some calculated risks. If you want something different, you need to do things differently.
Stage 2 – Clear expectations
Not what you don’t want, but what you do want. What does your ideal lifestyle look like? How much income do you need/want? What sacrifices are you willing to make to get there? Start the conversation with the decision makers in the business and make your intentions clear.
Stage 3 – Negotiate
Employers are moving more and more towards flexible working arrangements because frankly, 9-5 is dead. Make a plan and approach your employer. Your plan should take into consideration the following:
How much time do you want to be working out of the office? I recommend you start with maybe 1-2 days per week remote work for you both to get a feel for it.
What are you willing to offer in return for this? A better question would be, what’s in it for them?
What would your remote days look like? I.e. tasks, availability, how it affects the rest of your workload etc.
What are the key measurables? – Set a time to review this arrangement after 1 month or so to make sure it is working out for you both and adjust where necessary.
Stage 4 – Transition
Your employer has put a lot of trust in you to work remotely, don’t let them down. Start getting shit done. Try to get even more done than you would in the office because you will have ideal work conditions so use it to your advantage. Get up early, shower and get dressed. You will need to motivate yourself a lot these days so start with some solid good habits from the get go.
Stage 5 – Enjoy
Once the boss is happy with your output, start having some fund by changing up the locations of your office. Cafes, parks, gorgeous travel locations. The world is your oyster. One of my favourite things to do is to travel and work. I have worked by the fire on Melbourne Docklands, in this incredible cafe in Brooklyn NYC and even on the ski slopes in a Chalet in Ottawa, sipping the best hot chocolate known to man.
You are going to spend the majority of the best years of your life working. So many moments such as bub’s first rollover, first days at school, awesome ski trips, exploring the world for months at a time or just simply having control over where you spend that beautiful sunny day is all within your reach.
Open your mind, start considering the possibilities and stop living for the weekend. Live is so much better when every day is equal.
Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to enjoy my wine and reflect on how great life really is.