Why I’m loving working remotely

Finally, FINALLY the sun has started to shine on a daily basis and the temperature is on its way up!

I can’t believe the last time I wrote something on this blog was in January when it was cold, snowy and I was still working on moving back home! I’ve been back in Michigan for almost three months now and I’m loving every minute of it. I spend time with friends and family I haven’t seen in years and I’m starting to get involved with so many of the things I used to be part of. It’s been great!

One of the things that people ask me all the time, though, is “What’s it like to work remotely?” See, when I left Minnesota, my company was wonderful enough to let me stay on and just work from my new home. I shifted a few responsibilities here and there to make it more conducive to being away from my coworkers, but for the most part, my job has remained mostly the same. And you know what?

I love it.

For anyone who knows me, I like to get stuff done. I don’t like a lot of distractions (i.e., meetings) and I like to feel as though I’m making progress and accomplishing things. Working remotely really allows me to do that. People only pull me in to meetings when my presence is truly needed (because, let’s face it, being on a conference call sucks no matter which end of the line you’re on). I have my home office where I can go and work without distractions (or at least, only a few here and there from my four-legged fur child). It’s the first time in a long time that I feel like I’m checking boxes left and right and moving the needle forward.

It’s great.

Now, I will caveat this with the fact that every now and then, I feel a little pang of loneliness. In those moments where I feel the need for some human interaction, though, I make sure to utilize FaceTime or instant messenger or a good old fashioned phone call to get my socializing in for the day. And, thankfully, I fly back to the office for a few days every month so I can catch up with my coworkers and get caught up on all I’ve been missing.

I’m really fortunate for the opportunity to continue in my job, while also getting to move closer to my family and friends. It’s the best of both worlds and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Now, excuse me, while I go sit on my deck and soak up this beautiful spring sunshine.

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