(thought I published this last night, guess I was too tired)
I lost my office. Man, I’m really bummed. I really liked having an office where I can close the door and now I have to sit in a cube. It’s so unfair.
Well, it’s really not, it’s actually really cool. Know why?
I’m working from home 4 days a week now. YES!!!!
For those who didn’t know, I live in Central Jersey, my office is in White Plains NY. I got the job through my best friend, and I have to say that besides the commute, the job is ideal and has been from day 1. Except the commute. It’s 1.5 hours. Each way.
Yes. Each way.
So I was getting up around 6am, getting home around 7:30-7:45 because leaving at 5pm to hit the Tappan Zee Bridge traffic was suicide so I’d stay till 6 or so. I have an 11 yr old daughter who I would see for about 45 min before she’d go to bed. My son was better because he’s older and has a later bedtime, but still. I love my job, but if I ever wanted to do something alone on the weekend, I’d feel instant guilt.
So we’re moving around some people in the office, one guy was promoted and needed an office pretty badly, so I told them that he should take mine and I’ll work from home for most of the week. At first, yeah, cleaning up my office and giving it up, really sucked. I was in there over 2 years and I really enjoyed it. No window, but it was tucked into a corner, it was quiet, and it was mine.
Went in the other day for my first cube day and while it was a little strange, I knew we made the right decision. The new manager is happy because he can do the things he needs to now, and I’m happiest because I’m sitting in my robe and slippers writing this at 10:30 at night.
Things all happen for a reason I guess. I definitely am the major benefactor on this one:) I get to wake up and spend time with the kids, get them on the bus, have lunch with my lady, and get a LOT more work done. I was hesitant at first thinking I wouldn’t be able to accomplish much, but in truth, I get more done here than I did in the office. Yeah, my hours are a little longer, but I take an hour here to help with the kids homework, I take an hour there to play games with the kids, I go for a run when I get my daughter on the bus, it’s really great.
Plus, it allows Fae to go to work more with her Dad, putting a bit of cash in our pocket and getting her a nice shot of self esteem in the mix as well. All in all, I am saving a lot – time, money, wear and tear on my car.
I figured it out, I think I’ve spent about 15-20k just in commute costs working for the last 5 years commuting like this. Wow man, glad we found a way to make this work.