I’ve been working from home full-time for a few months now, and I’m really getting into the swing of things! Even though I have absolute flexibility in how and when I complete my work, I’ve settled in to a really steady work-from-home routine.
I usually do a standard 8.30 – 5 pm day, with a coffee break mid-morning, and a lunch break where I spend some time outside of the house. I might go for a walk to the supermarket, give my Mum a call, or do some gardening.
There are obviously lots of benefits to working flexibly … for me the main reason I wanted to work from home was so that we could live in the country.
But along the way I have found it’s the “little things” that make working from home so enjoyable:
- The joys of a morning coffee in a cafe. I go for a walk to a cafe every morning to have a coffee. Yes, sometimes there is cake. And there is always someone to chat to, which is really important if you mostly work on your own (especially if you are an extrovert like me).
- Bird watching from my office window. My view is very green, and very chirpy. This week we have a family of four magpies wandering around our yard, and they are very entertaining company. I’m also happy that they have stopped swooping me outside my own home, but that’s another story.
- Making myself lunch. I’m enjoying raiding the kitchen at lunch time, and making something that is mostly healthy. But also if I just want to eat cheese or cereal, then that’s OK too.
- Catching up on jobs around the house. I do feel a bit more organised at home because I have more time in the morning and after work to do chores. Don’t get me wrong, housework is not very high on my list of priorities, but it is definitely less of an issue now that I have more time available to me.
These little things are making me happy, and I think working from home suits me down to the ground.