Good morning, friends!
SO, I started a new new job in September (have I already mentioned that?) and I’m now working with the military again, and am working from home. My company is on the east coast, and hired me as their California sunshine representative. 😉 As you may be able to see from my desktop image above, I take that role very seriously (photo is of the Wedge here in Newport Beach).
I don’t have a real desk at home, per say, but I make a point to work at a table and have a clean area. And a pretty, festive space because… you know, that helps. So fresh flowers, lots of light, my gold planner (yes, I use a paper planner – what year is it?), a notebook, post-it notes……. all the requirements for my work space. And snacks, but that’s a given.
Whenever I tell people I work from home, they usually say one of the following: “That’s so awesome, I wish I could work from home!” or “I don’t think I could get anything done working from home.” And then I say ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah.
Because quite honestly, I feel both of those on the daily.
Working from home has a number of obvious perks, like the flexibility and ability to wear yoga pants 24/7 (without breaking a sweat). But there’s also some challenges, like feeling like a recluse being coworker-less (besides my digital buds – thank God for gchat and work instant messaging systems) and getting distracted. You need to have a strong work ethic and an ability to self-motivate when you work from home, which luckily I’ve never had an issue with.
But, it’s all about balance.
I actually LOVE working in loud spaces, like coffee shops. I can quite literally work from anywhere (long as there’s wifi) which, honestly, is my favorite aspect of teleworking. And the coffee shops! I focus much better when there’s a million things going on around me – loud voices, grinding espresso machines, music playing – versus perfect silence. I’ve alwaaaaays been this way, and in college would usually write my million page papers in the local Starbucks by campus instead of the library. So as you can imagine, my workspace also looks like this more often than not.
(^^That’s Better Buzz Coffee in Encinitas.)
Basically any coffee shop in the area that offers free internet access (cool decor is a perk). The baristas at my local Starbucks have already memorized my order.
I don’t hate it.
I usually head over to a coffee shop for half the day. It’s a nice change of pace and keeps my brain focused. Since I work with east coasters, I start my work day around 7:30am and end a little bit earlier (usually) than the typical. Yay for three hour time differences!
This post is actually inspired by WeWork, a network of shared office space all across the country. They’re not in Orange County yet, although a different community office space did recently open up in my neighborhood to unite teleworkers/offer shared desk space. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it’s a wonderful concept. The cost (at the co-working space in my neighborhood) is the only thing holding me back – it’s a bit more than the average cup of joe at my usual “office.”
And that’s it! Happy Tuesday, loveys. xo