Friday, March 12, 2010

Nothing Like A Lazy Day at Home

...and indeed, it's been nothing like "lazy."

I've been working from home the past few days and will be for a few more. I found myself temporarily without an office at work so I've been using the office at home.

Which seemed good, as I'm recovering from a respiratory infection--extra rest afforded by lack of commute. However, I find I'm not really getting it. I wake up at normal time. I do my normal routine of getting everyone and myself ready for the day and fed and then I find I have an extra hour and a half to do errands before the workday begins. THis morning? I did the grocery shopping, dropped off the drycleaning, scheduled the HVAC guy to come and do regular service, put the fish in a marinade, and cut and washed the veggies and fruit to make dinner tonight...all before my first meeting of the day. And I'll have another hour and a half available to me at the end of the day because I don't have to drive home.

We're having grilled orange-ginger tuna, a korean sweet potato noodle dish with veggies, and Hubby and I are having grilled pineapple and the little guy grilled pear (he's allergic to pineapple) with a scoop of vanilla icecream. A simple dinner, but one I don't usually have time or energy to prepare.

I find I'm happier with this arrangement. There's less 'dead-space' in my day while I'm just waiting. Waiting for a meeting to start. Waiting to be let off of 'hold' on the phone. Waiting for someone to get back to me. Because at home, while I wait, I can be working on an unrelated to-do item. Wash a dish. Fold a shirt. And because I am more fully using my time, rather than multi-tasking, I feel less rushed and can do a better job. The evenings with my family are more enjoyable. I feel less angry and stressed. I don't have a pile of work left undone when I'm exhausted at the end of the day. Instead, I have a list of accomplishments and the sense that I was able to get through them at my own pace.

I know that I'm in something of a transitional phase with my job right now. Here's hoping that when the transition does finally complete, it's includes regularly scheduled days like these.

1 comment:

caramama said...


I sometimes dream of how things would be different without a commute for me or my husband...