Usually when I work from home I sit at our dining room table all day working and occasionally talking to or playing with JuJu. It’s pretty isolating and sometimes I feel like I’m not part of the real world. It’s lowered my job satisfaction a lot but I try to remind myself I’m only frustrated with the situation, not the job (generally I loooove my job).
After a few days of feeling rather down this week because of the work-at-home situation, I decided to change it up and go with Kepa into the city for the day. While he went to work I went in search of free and/or cheap wifi since 90% of my job involves being connected to the internet.
I loved being in the city center in Auckland all day. LOVED IT! I didn’t love having to change locations every hour or so (because most places give you 1 hour or a certain amount of internet), but I looked at it as more activity added to my day. Every time an hour passed I had to switch to a new location a block or two from my last.
It was so different from my normal day yet I still did the same type of work and accomplished the same things. It was just the surroundings and activity level that changed. Those things clearly make a huge difference to my happiness though because changing them made me much happier!
I ended up walking almost 4 miles in the city and changed locations for internet 5 times. I plan to go into town with Kepa at least once a week, probably on Mondays when it’s not as difficult to change locations and keep my workflow smooth. One day a week should be enough to make me feel like I’m actually still connected to the world. :)