I think I have mentioned a previous blogpost that I have made the decision to start working from the office when it suits me. This is for a number of reasons, but mainly;-
- I feel more productive in the office, more focused and more “office minded”. At home, I get distracted easily. I can listen in on a meeting while baking, cooking dinner or chatting on Wassap. I’m not saying that I’m not productive at home at all. All I’m saying is that, for me, it’s easier to zone in and stay focused on work when I’m in the office.
- I love the “social aspect” of the office. I must admit, hardly anybody I know is back in the office – most of them still preferring to work at home – however, there are some people around, and it gives me such joy just to be around other adults. Adults who do not live in my home or in my complex. Even seeing the ladies in the canteen again felt like a big reunion, and it made my heart so happy!
- The boys’ school is literally 5minutes from the office, so it makes absolutely no sense for me to drop them in the morning, then drive home and drive aaaalllll the way back to school for pick-up and back home 5hours later. It’s not only a waste of petrol, but also a waste of my time and effort.
Anyway, remember the new lift club I started…well firstly, it’s working like a charm! We’ve had no glitches at all (touch wood), and it literally frees up a week of morning drop-offs for me. Of course, I still have to get up, make lunches, make sure the kids are done and Riley insists that I wave them off every.single.morning (which I basically do in my pj’s), but then I have oodles of time free to do whatever I want. Usually I go for a run or a walk, but some mornings, I choose to just read in bed and have some “me time”.
In the week that I have to do the drop-offs myself, my plan has been to drop the kids, go straight to the gym to workout, shower at the gym, and then head up to the office. The gym and the office are in the same street, so school>gym>office are literally on the same circular-ish route. On these days, I will work from the office until school pick-up, collect the kids (I also drop off another child en route home), and then work from home for the rest of the afternoon. This is ME. This is how I thrive. On planning and organising my life to the T! Buuuttttt, there are some days when I just don’t feel like working in the office. Like this week 🙂
After a few days in Durban with my boys last week for their school holiday, my brain (and body) were still in holiday mode on Sunday evening, and so I decided that after drop-off yesterday morning, I’d go to Hyper to pick up a few things before heading home and working from home instead of at the office for the day. Hyper opens at 8 and I arrived at 7:30, so I took that time out to read my book for 30minutes *winning*.
This morning, I was still not feeling the whole gym>office vibe. I didn’t mention, but I must at this stage that my office “on” week is much more stressful the night before and the morning of, as of course, I need to make sure I have every single thing I need ready and packed in advance. For the most part, that everything consists of clean clothes and underwear, HAIR CONDITIONER ( a MUST for curly coloured girl hair!!) and enough towels to dry a whole massive body and a bush of hair – let’s not forget the slip-slops to wear when using the communal shower…I’m not sure I’d survive without these 😉 Then there’s lunch for the office, my laptop including cords, earphones for meetings in case there are people around my desk area (which has basically been never, as nobody in my team is keen to work from the office, every single one of them preferring to continue working from home), and snacks, water bottle etc.
Anyway, I digress. So this morning, I dropped the kids off dressed in my gym clothes. I still went to the gym to workout buuuttttttt…I came home straight afterwards. I logged on to my PC, went through e-mails, did a bit of work, and then took a break for a quick shower and breakfast at 10am. I then continued to work until school pick-up time.
The point of all this waffling is just that FLEXIBILITY WORKS FOR ME!!!!! I love knowing that I have the option to work from home as well as the option to go to the office. I love knowing that if, on the whim in the morning, I change my mind…that’s okay. I love that I don’t have people throwing snarky comments (like: do you have your suntan lotion with you?!) when I leave the office at 3pm to fetch my kids even though my working arrangements pre-COVID were 7 – 3. I love that I can really do whatever works for me. Whatever works for my kids. Whatever works for my family!! And guess what? I still get the work done. I am so much more productive having the option to work in whatever space, location and environment I choose to.
Again, I say, if there’s anything that I hope is achieved from this working from home thing – it’s not that we never ever go to the office, because I do feel that in certain instances, there’s huge merit from having face-to-face meetings, catching up with work friends over a cup of coffee and chatting with colleagues in the corridor – it’s that we have the FLEXIBILITY to do whatever works for us.