Today was my last day working from home. On Monday, I will return to my office, pick up where I left off, and go on with life as if the last month never happened. Hopefully, it will be the last time in my career I need to have surgery. (Knock on wood.)
A few observations about my time working from home:
- I was way more productive than I thought I’d be. I worked over time the majority of time (for which I don’t get paid) and only forced myself to take a lunch break at all the last week.
- I really worked all day, and only struggled with working one day – today – because it was Friday, I was tired from my Remicade infusion (which I got this morning before returning home to work) and I mind was making plans for the weekend.
- While it was practical and convenient working from the dining room table, as my makeshift office, I hated having my house disrupted for 3 weeks.
- I loved having access to my own bathroom. (I have anxiety about using public bathrooms, especially at work; always have; always will.)
- I loved not losing 2 hours of my day to my commute. This also meant sleeping in a bit later, having more time with my dogs and hubby in the morning, and when my work day was over, it was mere steps to my sofa.
- I loved having my dogs around all day, and giving them a 3 weeks break from their crates.
Having said all that, although I would definitely love to continue telecommuting one or two days a week, I would not want to do my current job, from home, every day. I am too much a creature of habit. My desk at work is set up so that I have all of my necessities and files within reach. My work Desktop PC works better and faster than this laptop. I like having access to all my co-workers and Teammates for easy discussions and assistance. I hate talking on the phone, even to my co-workers about work. Also, as I discovered this morning when I drove to my Remicade Infusion and back, I actually miss driving Hedwig. It felt good to be behind her wheel. As someone who generally dislikes (hates) driving, usually, this came as a huge surprise to me.
So while I appreciate my employer allowing me to work from home during this time away, and I’ll definitely miss being home with the dogs, having my own private bathroom, and wearing comfy clothes all day, I’m actually looking forward to returning to the office next week. I find, after a surgery and extended recovery time, returning to routine, even work, is always a relief…
…at least for a little while.