homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4777
Homeschoolers! You know the type. Sheltered, timid, awkward, bad clothes and they only leave the house to see grandparents or go to church. What if people who work from home are the new homeschoolers? I had this thought today going to lunch (by myself) and thinking how sheltered this life really is.
Sheltered - CHECK
Timid - more like dated pop culture references
Awkward - more like too tired to make new friends
Bad Clothes - Not bad, just old
Leaving the house - Sorry Grandma, this homeplaceofthefuture"schooler" only leaves the house to pick up people from the airport and going out for drinks.
moment of inspiration
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4775
In fighting the guilt of actually going for a walk today outside away from my workstation & phone. I had the thought that the world isn't going to crash if I disappear for 30 minutes and better myself.
We aren't saving lives here except your own. Get that exercise! Get that clarity! Go for that drive! Whatever it is don't feel guilty for taking some time for yourself during your working day.
speaking of movement
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4774
Let's talk about movements. Have you made a movement yet today? Where am I going with this?
Starting this week I've decided to move more often usual. No longer will my Fitbit only say 667 steps taken in one day, I'm going all out and lacing up my shoes and going walking. That's the kind of movement we're talking about here and it's very important that we are more active than our workplaceofthepast (in-office) colleagues because let's face it - somedays it's the walk of shame to the pantry, to the home office and to the bathroom. All those trips for me can add up to less than 1,000 steps a day and no I'm not exaggerating.
At this point I'm starting small, just a few more "movements" than usual with the goal of building out a habit of consistency. Today it's 3500 steps, tomorrow it could be a walking desk. The key is movement!
quiet house quiet life
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4770
Ah summertime...out of office messages, empty offices, long vacations, European colleagues on 4 week "leaves", sunshine, roadtrips, yardwork........you know the things you day dream about all year long when you're busy saving lives at your desk. In previous a life we would wait all year for summer.
Somewhere between having a child and full-time work from home job, I have learned to love fall and it's has nothing to do with pumpkin spice - I like my cereal, coffee and donuts plain as God intended! Virtual employees with kids wait all summer for this time of year now - back to school.
I'm right there with you - it's August and it's still hot, but it might as well be fall because the kids are back in school! The house is quiet, my office door is OPEN and the network so far as been tolerable. There was a smell of productivity and focus today as I could hear myself think without the aid of noise cancelling headphones. I swear I heard the faints pings of Fortnite in the background today, but those should go away as I detox.
A few hours into the day with all the quiet and peacefulness my mind started to wander....
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4769
I live in a good suburb. I have a great modem and an even better router. I have the second fastest internet package available in my area - 500 MBPS! I have coworkers that live in rural areas with satellite internet -- yes that's a thing! SATELLITE internet!
Why is it on all conference calls with clients and teams calls that my connectivity is the one that lags? Here's a example of a day in the life at the homeplaceofthefuture
"where'd ya go?"
"I missed parts of that"
"did you drop"
"I'm sorry there's a delay"
"are your kids playing fortnite again"
Note to self - get the kids their own network
home sweet office
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4767
Whew! Friday’s button issues are just a memory and I’m back in my uniform. They say it’s smart to have a uniform, one less decision you have to make every day. Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg, Hillary, Jeremy Clarkson all have uniforms and so do I. For my life’s uniform I’ve chosen a plain black t’shirt from Old Navy (sometimes GAP when I go to the post office) with either jeans or shorts and usually with sandals or shows with no socks. It’s a timeless look and my kids will look back fondly on how Dad looked the same for years.
I’m wearing work clothes today
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4764
Forced to make an appearance at a client site and it’s been too long since I’ve worn work clothes. The button has busted and my belt is giving it all she’s got to keep these things presentable. I’ve been virtual so long that I’ve forgotten how to dress and when do I dress up my clothes are tighter than I remember. I would rather suffer through the uncomfortableness than buy bigger clothes.
Note to self – less chips & salsa. Switch to guac?
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