Hi everyone, I’m Shelly from GrowingWithSpawn and I’m excited to be taking over Niraj’s blog today. As we finally settle into 2021, I can’t help but wonder if things are about to change again. You see, 2020 was a pretty decent year for us introverts. There were no socials and we could blame the law for not leaving our homes. We even got to work from home! When I look back on the year that was, there are some things that I would definitely like to keep going forward. One of these is working from home, and I’ll tell you why.
Working from home means you can wake up later
If there are any sleep-deprived humans reading this, I’m sure you can all agree that it would be nice to spend an extra few hours in bed each morning. Well, when you work from home, that is a luxury that you are blessed with every single day! With the busy lives we generally lead, most adults don’t get nearly enough sleep. And that is evident in our moods, our health and even our appearance! It is very true that we need to get out and about so as not to become slugs. But on the flip side, with all the bustling about, we always forget to rest.
Midday workouts can be a thing
When I used to work in the office – and yes, I am manifesting that this stay-at-home thing will become permanent – I exercised at 5am each morning. Yes, 5 am. And I wasn’t exercising in my living room or garage. By 4:35am sharp each morning, I made the huge sacrifice of pulling myself out of bed, hopping in the car and driving to my CrossFit gym. This was something I did for some ‘me time’ so it didn’t really matter what time I slept the night before. Imagine waking up at 4:35am when you’ve had evening socials with your colleagues!
Now that I am working from home indefinitely, I try to fit in a midday workout. This way, I can catch up on my sleep in the mornings and spend some time blogging in the evening. If you have had the pleasure of working from home, I’m sure you can agree that you will not spend a full 9 hours actually working. Why not use the time for something positive for your wellbeing?
Eating healthy isn’t that hard
When the lockdown first started, I found myself struggling to stay out of the fridge. And when the junk food in the fridge was finished, I would turn to to the pantry for snacks. 5kg later, I definitely have some bad habits that I’m struggling to kick. The good thing, though, is that there’s a way around this. It took me long to figure this out, but if you don’t actually stock any junk, you’re forced to eat healthy!
Working from the office usually means that you will either buy takeout each day or meal prep. Now if you are anything like me, meal prep is not exactly top of your priority list when it comes to chores. Being at home gives you the luxury of cooking healthy food in between breaks. And you can actually eat hot meals too!
Family time is all the time!
As human beings, it’s in our nature to need to feel like we belong. The funny thing is that we already do belong to a small circle even though it doesn’t always feel like it. Well, when you work from home, you get the chance to spend more quality time with your family. As a mom and wife, being home gave me the chance to really bond with my people. Chasing a busy toddler did get overwhelming at times, but it was a gift I would never have gotten otherwise. Thank you 2020!
You don’t need to buy new clothes
Take this with a pinch of salt, because working from home after spending years in the office can actually break bank. I didn’t have many “chill” clothes before 2020 because my life was work. Thankfully, I did have lots of gym clothes that have carried me through this season of life.
But for any normal person, you would be spending less money on buying nice pieces of clothing and just stick to the typical sweats and tee. If you don’t agree with me, I would like to see picture evidence proving otherwise!
You get to work on other projects
Before 2020, I hadn’t ever completed any DIY projects. It’s not to say that I didn’t want to. Life was just too busy to get anything done. Once the pandemic hit, DIY projects were all I could really do since non-essential companies were forced to close. And with nowhere to go, I even started my blog!
When you work from home, you are gifted the luxury of doing other things you’ve put on hold. New hobbies, missed movies, reading… you name it. This is different from being in the office where you are expected to look busy even when you aren’t. Or to sit in long meetings that don’t even require your input. With only twenty-four hours in the day, why can’t we do both?
Although working from home can be tough on productivity, finding ways to make it work can be rewarding in the long run. Of Course, not everyone can survive the isolation and limited space, I get that. But with a few tweaks to your home setting, working from home can actually be really productive. Niraj and I actually had a mini debate on this topic and he gave some interesting points in favour of working from the office. Want to see what his thoughts are? Well, head on over to my blog and read his post!
Thanks Niraj for having me here.