When I tell people that I work from home, I almost always get the same response. You are SOOO lucky. I’d love to be able to stay at home and work in my pajamas. And while it is great, I’d like to dispel the myth that I sit around in my PJs all day and share what a day in my life is really like.
Most days, I’m up before 6 so I can get a workout in before the day starts. Once my day gets going, the likelihood of working out decreases exponentially, so I try to meet a friend for a jog or head to a spinning class at the gym before everyone else is up and about. When the kids are in school, I get home from working out and then take them to school. When they’re out of school, I come home, take a shower and get ready for the day. Sometimes, I even allow myself to go back to bed for an hour or 2…especially if I was up late the night before working.
Once I’m dressed for the day (yes, I actually get dressed each day), I head up to the office where it seems like I stare at my computer for hours on end. The first few hours of my day are a blur of web site statistics, customer analytics, and looking for deals. Between my blogs and my job as a Social Media Manager, it seems like I spend an endless amount of time spent in front of a computer. And although that may seem monotonous to you, I actually enjoy it because I’m not doing the same thing every single day.
Some days, I read blogs that are relevant to the industry I work in. Other days, I formulate ways to help drive our business. Whether it’s checking out email marketing software or putting together an online survey, each day has it’s different challenges. Some days I even head to the office for meetings. There are days when dinner isn’t on the table at 5:30 because I’m still up in the office working and there are days when I bake cookies for the kids as an afternoon snack. Some days I work regular hours and sometimes I work early in the morning before anyone else is up and other days I work late at night after the kiddos have gone to bed.
And while I do spend a ton of time in front of my computer, working from home definitely has it perks. I rarely miss one of my kids’ games since I set my own hours and can work in the evenings instead of the day. When the weather is extremely miserable out, I can stay curled up in my office with my heated throw (I’m like a little old lady). I save a lot of money on gas since I don’t have to drive to work very often. I don’t have to pack my lunch…I can just run downstairs and heat up leftovers from the night before. (Extra perk…I know how to use my microwave. I still haven’t exactly figured out how to heat up my food in the microwave at work.)
I’d love to hear what your day looks like! Are you a SAHM, a WAHM, a WOHM or none of the above? What do you love about your days?