Monday, September 19, 2011

New Back to School Normal

Today has reminded me how wonderful it has been to be able to work from home.  Even though I have spent about one week per month in Houston over the past year, I still enjoyed the convenience of a 10 step commute for the rest of the time.  This morning, I started a new routine:  Commuting to the office, working all day,impromptu meetings (just because I'm there and available), racing to after care, Tae Kwon Do lessons, cooking dinner...  And that's as far as I have made it.

At least two days a week, I will be joining the majority of working moms with a trip to the office.  This requires not only getting my husband and daughter out the door, but also a shower and some type of presentable attire at a very reasonable hour.  I realize only now what I have not been missing.

I am frequently asked, "How do you like working from home?"  My standard response is that it can be rather lonely and that I miss the face-to-face interaction with my co-workers every day.  I'm going to tell myself that tomorrow morning at 5:45 when my alarm goes off again.


  1. I can relate! Some days I have meetings with clients and work on-site. Those days, I'm up early groaning about the hour and having to "dress up" and other days I work from home. Some of those days are too quiet and lonely. Overall, though I like the mix. Working at one of my remote offices (Starbucks, the Library, etc.) can help to shake up a quiet work alone day.

  2. I can relate, too. For the past 3 years I've been in the office 2-3 days/week and at home the other days. It does get lonely at home, but the hour+ commute to the office makes it all even out.

  3. I agree with your post. Working from home has it's advantages but it can be isolating at times. I have been working remotely for almost a decade now.... it's not the best option for career advancement. If fact I wounldn't suggest it (100% remote) to anyone who is still building a career.

    I wish I had the option when AWP was little! I remember never sleeping when he was in grade school.

    Having J back in school will help with routine.

    Good Luck!