As I woke up to rain beating on our roof, I took comfort knowing I didn’t need to bundle up and get on the road for a 30-mile commute to the office.
Instead, I enjoyed my breakfast, threw on some sweats and drove my sons to school. By 7:30 a.m., I fired up my work laptop and began tapping away.
Now I don’t work from home every day – usually just once a week – but that one day at home saves my sanity and boosts my productivity.
At home, there are no distractions, as long as I’m disciplined enough to ignore the laundry and household chores. No one drops by unannounced, nobody asks if I have “just one minute,” and the credenza treats and vending machine aren’t calling my name.
Yes, I take calls at home and participate in meetings via phone, but once I hang up, it’s back to work. Back to the zone.
Today I powered through about 40 emails, provided comments on a website redesign, drafted a strategy document and wrote a story to launch a new process for our department. I finished the week feeling accomplished, caught up and relaxed.
Could I work from home 100 percent of the time? Sounds tempting, but no.
In reality, I would miss some of the very things I noted above. I enjoy chatting with my work peers about the weekend and politics and trends. I like the connection of those “drop-in” meetings. And I do love office treats – I swear I have no willpower when it comes to scones and bagels and cookies.
I’m thankful my employer and boss are so supportive of this work arrangement. Not everyone in our company is comfortable with people working away from the office. I’ve certainly received comments like “I would feel guilty working from home,” or “Is tomorrow your day off?”
Actually people, I’m not off. I’m working. And I’m probably getting more work done from home than you are in the office. So as I see it, I shouldn’t feel guilty.
My company now has a more rested, productive and loyal employee. Win.
And I just saved myself a 60-mile drive today and entered the weekend with a smile. Win.
Happy Friday to me!