I’m a Remote Worker — Here Are My 4 Tradeoffs for Flexibility

I’ve been a proud remote worker since early 2020. First by force, with the pandemic onset, and then by choice when I took a role with a new company later that year.

I love working from my home. I know some people who feel like I do and cannot imagine their work-life any other way. I also know some people that lose their mind at the thought of it because they need to be in an office, or they need to be anywhere BUT home to work.

Despite my adoration of working from home, there are indeed some tradeoffs. Nothing so big that it makes me rethink my work situation, but notable enough, I’ve had to instill new habits to ensure I am always feeling like my best self.

I live in the most adorable, miniaturized studio apartment, with tiny furniture that makes tall visitors feel like they are in an Alice in Wonderland scenario. It brings me joy, it brings me peace, and as a remote worker, it can also bring me cabin fever!

Cabin Fever.

Working from home means I no longer have unplanned moments of social interaction with coworkers.

Less Naturally-occurring Social Interaction.

This one ticks me off. Let’s be clear: Yes, I am working. Remote workers are working. What makes you think we aren’t?!

People Questioning if I’m Really Working.

Anyone who knows me knows I love fashion and makeup and taking my sweet-girly time to enjoy getting ready in the morning, all while enjoying the Today show

Forgetting to Honor What Brings Me Joy.

I’ve made an effort to be more playful with makeup, hair, and outfits, as I feel like being home brings me a safety zone to play more like my own sandbox.  I need to honor what brings me joy, and dressing up for ME matters and makes me feel like my best self.

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