Several months ago, for many reasons, I made a decision to leave my good, solid job in higher education to open two businesses. One, Personality Playbook, is a business where I use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® in business consulting. The other, The Inspired Dragonfly. is a business where I make and sell art. Both of these businesses are out of my home, and in the two short weeks I’ve been working from home, I’ve already learned some very important things.
1. Dogs make awesome coworkers!
They are cute and cuddly, and they let you know when someone is at the door, by barking…. Come to think of it, they also let you know when a deer is in the yard, when the mail comes, that they know you’re on an important call, and that a leaf in a tree moved… all by barking… They also tend to sleep all day…. and they don’t actually do any work… unless you count holding the sofa down… but seriously, they’re awesome coworkers!!
2. Laundry and dishes are more likely to get done when you’re around them once in awhile.
I’ll admit that I’ve never been really great at the home upkeep stuff. I mean, cleaning would be great if it would just stick, but no. Every time you clean something, it get’s dirty again, and soon! Perhaps because of this and the fact that I used to be away from home more than 50 hours a week, dishes and laundry had a tendency to pile up. Now that I’m home, it’s no big deal to throw on a load while I am, say… writing this blog post! Living in a clean house with no laundry monster hanging out in the laundry room is something I could get used to!
3. Facebooking is unpaid when you work for yourself.
Not that anyone would ever do such an immoral and insane thing, but hypothetically, let’s say that you work for a company and happen to hop on Facebook for just a millisecond on your own personal device, of course. Technically, you just got paid to Facebook! (Shocking, I know) Well, any time I hop on Facebook now I have to remind myself that I better use it to build business, or I am (dare I say it?) wasting precious time that I could be using to pursue a paycheck!!
4. Not commuting 74 miles a day is almost worth losing a steady paycheck, by itself.
I am sure I don’t have to explain to anyone with a long commute that you begin to see it as some sort or demon or curse that takes giant gulps of your life each day that you will never get back. Sure, it can be lots of fun to sing in the car or talk on the phone while you’re driving, but how many times have you left work feeling great, only to have the road suck the life out of you and spit you out in your driveway feeling like you’ve been hit by several of the vehicles you previously shared the road with?! Yep, ditching the commute is pretty much worth the price of admission to me.
5. You actually can spend the time you always claimed was being taken on your commute on the things you promised to do with that time!
This one gets to a much bigger piece of my work from home puzzle…. I made a promise to prioritize ME! After years of saying I didn’t have time to exercise or sleep enough or take time to breathe (often blaming it on the 2 hours a day in the car), I have FINALLY taken time to focus on getting healthy and treating my body like it matters! I can’t promise you that I wake up every morning bursting with excitement to spend time with my assortment of Jillian Michaels workout videos… In fact, I often say things to her and about her that I dare not repeat in this blog, but I am actually putting in the work and placing myself at the top of my list!
I realize I am right at the beginning of this journey, and I may have just made some extremely naive statements, but I am happy to be where I am right now, and I can’t wait to see where I go from here. Thanks for reading!