A Day in My Life: Working from Home

Inspired by Constant Walker A Day In The Life Of A Typical... Oregon American and Marisue Average American - A Day In The Life, here is my attempt to put a positive spin on my average day.

Honestly, that should not be so hard to do. I have it pretty good. I work from home, and I earn a decent paycheck for it. I'm not doing it by getting rich on the internet. I have an honest-to-goodness job in a field where I earned my rewards...sort of. But I shouldn't let the history distract us. This is just about an average day.

I get to sleep pretty late. I'm happy if I'm out of bed by 7:30 am, and feeling a bit rushed if I'm any later than that because I do have to log on to my computer, and my softphone, by 8 am.

I get to sleep pretty late because I have an amazing daughter who has always been a morning person. She almost converted me with her cheerful infant attitude, but only almost. She's used an alarm clock to get herself up in the morning since elementary school. When we moved into our current house her 8th grade year, her commute to school consisted of a short trek out the back door, across the small back yard, and through the gate into the school yard. Wow. I didn't have to "get ready" to get her off to school! And now that she is in high school and has a charming ride to school with her boyfriend, I don't even have to get out of bed before she leaves.

My husband thinks this is pretty slack on my part, and I'm sure he is right. But I suspect he complains not because I don't get up with her, but because I don't get up with him. That's right. My house is empty before I have to face the day.

Breakfast

I suppose I can take a paragraph to share my husband's morning. He usually wakes before his alarm sounds, and he cooks himself breakfast every morning. Turkey bacon and eggs. He watches the news while he eats and drinks his coffee. And he plays with the cat. I happen to know this because I occasionally fall asleep on the couch and wake up when he comes into the living room. I like to pretend I don't hear him so I can watch him play with the cat. He pretends he doesn't like her the rest of the day.

If I'm still asleep in our bed instead of on the couch, I usually hear him come back up for his shower. It's a nice way to wake up, I think, just hearing his noise instead of an alarm clock.

I sign on to my computer in the morning, often still in my sleepwear. I have a few pajama sets but usually sleep in a big t-shirt. I check my work email. Typically I have 30 minutes to an hour of busy work to catch up on in the morning. I live on the east coast but my company's headquarters is in the central time zone. My first hour of the day is usually pretty quiet, and I can finish tedious tasks uninterrupted.

I work in telecommunications. I wear a wireless headset all day, and I have the luxury of moving about the house with my laptop. Often I can complete my morning household routine after my morning work chores and before the work day gets too busy. I "swish and swipe" the bathroom and start a load of laundry. I try to follow Flylady's example. Love a Clean House but HATE to Clean? FlyLady Can Help! But I admit, I'm not so good on the getting dressed to the shoes part. I typically shower and dress for the day during my lunch break.

I'm flexible enough in my job to fit in chores and writing during breaks and slow times. I can almost always have dinner ready before my husband gets home at 5:30. My weakness is nicotine, however, and I spend an inordinate amount of time in our garage since we don't smoke in the house.

 

The garage is my spot. My husband has the living room, my daughter the loft upstairs. They complain that each other's televisions are too loud. The garage has a couch, lots of folding chairs, the stereo and my television. And my wireless internet connection is "Very Good" out there.

After dinner I usually hang out in the garage, watching television and/or browsing the internet. I take quick breaks for my nightly kitchen routine-dishes in the dish washer, counters wiped, sink cleaned, floor swept. Unless my daughter hasn't completed her primary chore-putting clean dishes away. Then my chores wait until she has finished hers.

I usually take over the living room after my husband heads to bed around 9. My daughter and I watch a bit of tv together, finish our chores if needed. She heads to bed about 11. I've been trying lately to follow her upstairs shortly after, but often I fall asleep watching something I've recorded on the DVR. Sometimes I wake up and make it upstairs, sometimes I don't.

About once a week I head out after dinner. I join friends I met in my divorce/separated support group for karaoke. Some of them are pretty good! I've practiced a couple of songs enough to be bearable. Other nights my daughter joins me and the gang for trivia. I'm really bad at trivia, but she likes it, and it's an early night compared to karaoke.

Weekends alternate. When we have the kids (my 16 year old daughter, his 17 year old daughter and 11 year old son), we generally hang out at home doing little to nothing. When we don't have the kids, we sometimes have friends over on Fridays to listen to music (in the garage). Saturdays we head to the neighborhood bar to hear live music or karaoke. We typically drink too much beer on the no-kids weekends, and sleep late in the mornings until my husband gets hungry.

I'd like to be more productive. I'd like to get to bed earlier, wake up a little earlier, squeeze some exercise in somewhere. And sometimes I do. Some days I browse the job listings online, looking for something more challenging, something that pays better. But most days I know I have it pretty good. I love working from home. I love my relaxed life.

Since I started this hub several weeks ago, life has picked up pace quite a bit. My job has become a bit more challenging, and definitely busier. My "slow time" is almost nonexistent, so my chores and my writing have suffered. On the other hand, school is out, and my daughter is helping around the house more. I'm watching less television at night and spending more time on the computer (especially hubpages).

Just this week I've become acutely aware that falling asleep on the couch is BAD. My neck and back have hurt (certainly exacerbated by increased computer time), and I miss my husband. Time will tell if my new habit will stick, but I've made it to bed the last few nights by 11:30, and consequently woke earlier in the mornings. This attempt to change such a small part of my routine is smoldering now on the back burner as a new hub...why do we continue to do things we know are not good for us, and neglect the things we know will make us feel better?

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DonnaCSmith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

I am looking forward to that next hub. I'd like to know the answer to that question, too.


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John Chancellor 8 years ago from Tennessee

The short answer to your question lies in the timing difference between the perceived cost and perceived benefit of any action. We are conditioned to seek the benefit now and delay the cost until later. The best illustration is the hot fudge sundae. We get immediate gratification and the adverse health benefits are some time in the future - so it can be very difficult to resist.

We want the immediate benefits and we want to delay the cost as far in the future as possible. Education/TV would be another good example. By reading a good book on improving our lives takes time and the benefit is generally not immediate. The TV program can relieve some immediate boredom.

Having the answer does not make it any easier. What we need is some emotional attachment to the outcome so we can have the disipline to do what we should do. For example - eating properly. If we attach some emotional outcome - I want to be alive to see my child graduate for college/get married/have grandchildren - if that attachment is strong enough, then we can do what we should and not what we want.


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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina Author

John, I agree you have explained the "short answer" very well. I guess for me it will be a matter of focusing, reminding myself of the emotional attachment. Thanks for your comment!

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