TGIF: Telecommuting Humor

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy work week and to soothe my pain, I love finding Internet memes that apply to my life and make me laugh. Since I’ve recently blogged about the perks and myths of remote working, I thought I’d share my top 10 favorite memes about remote workers. Enjoy!

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And drumroll please…my favorite working remote meme (because I often feel like this guy.)

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Which is your favorite meme?

Debunking my own telecomuting myths

wood-coffee-iphone-notebook-largeWhen I received the approval to telecommute with my company, I read all the telecommuting blogs and spoke with several people who were in the same shoes. I felt completely prepared. I also had illusions of what I thought the experience would be like. Last week, I shared my favorite perks of telecommuting,and this week I want to share the many misconceptions I had about my own telecommuting experience. Eighteen months after making the transition, I’ve debunked a few of my own telecommuting myths. 1. Lean Mean Machine My first thought that popped in my head when I received approval was “I’m going to have so much time to work out and I’m going to look like Jessica Alba.” Wrong, I was very wrong. I was actually in better shape when I worked in an office because I had a set routine of going to the gym after my workday. Since I’d been at the office all day, I had no problem checking out at 6 PM to make it to my 6:30 Turbo Kick class. Of note, just because you work from home does not mean you have extra time during the day. It’s actually harder to break away from my computer at home and leave my house to run to the gym, even though I’m already dressed in gym clothes. It’s even challenging popping in a workout DVD in living room because I can’t make myself leave my desk. Telecommuters can fall into a dangerous trap of becoming vampires and once you get into that mode, any glimpse of sunshine will burn you alive. Hence, my struggle of making it to the gym or going for a run on the beautiful beach that’s at my doorstep. 2. Super Puppy Mom We got our first pup, Cannoli, to keep me company when I first started telecommuting. I was thrilled she didn’t have to be in a crate all day and I could do lots of puppy training. I assumed we would have no puppy accidents we’d get lots of exercise outside with long walks and trips to dog park, and she would be the best behaved dog in the world. All hopes of mine for sweet Cannoli, did not exactly pan out. Again, I’m glued to the computer 10-12 hours a day because of the hundreds of deadlines, juggling clients and long conference calls. I remember the horrible guilt I felt when I didn’t have the time to take Cannoli out for a bathroom break before I hopped on a long conference call and she had a bunch of accidents all over the house. I bawled my eyes out and considered hiring a puppy walker. I did eventually get a grip on reality, and even thought we had a puppy walker consultation, it did not fit into our budget. The parental guilt is real people, even for parents of puppies. Oh, and did I mention that Cannoli turned out to be one of the worst behaved dogs on the planet, but she is too darn cute!

Pic of Cannoli after she climbed up on my desk #remoteworkerproblems

Cannoli after she climbed up on my desk #remoteworkerproblems

3. Spick-and-Span House Now I try my hardest with this conquering this myth because if my house is messy, I have a really hard time focusing on my job during the day. I feel  cloudy and lose my train of thought if clothes are everywhere and dirty dishes are in the sink. However, I envisioned that my house would be clean as a whistle because I’d be home all day and I’d have time to run the dishwasher while on a conference call, fold laundry while I had my lunch break and I could wipe down counters in between reports. Wrong again! I always slack on making the bed and if I do run the laundry, I’ll get distracted and forget about it. Wet clothes will sit in the washer for a week. My first fight with my husband when we moved into together was about how I left fresh clothes from the dryer in the hamper. I forgot to fold them because I got swept up in the workday and they became wrinkly. Now my husband is no Mr. Clean, but one of his pet peeves is wrinkled clothes. I was so upset I forgot to fold the clothes that I took out all my anger on my poor husband who simply asked me to leave clothes in the dryer if I don’t have time to fold right away. He now stays away from me when I’m in the laundry room out of terror. Overall, telecommuting is a great set-up and despite my deflated dreams listed above, it’s been really beneficial for me in my personal and professional life. However, I was definitely thrown for a loop on when I discovered my own remote working reality.  I’m still figuring it out every day and I’m almost at the two-year mark so I’ll leave you with a meme to sum it all up. P.S. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I've got this!

I’ve got this!

A few of my favorite telecommuting things

hands-woman-legs-laptopI’ve been a remote worker for about a year and a half and I have to remind myself sometimes that I no longer work in a physical office space. I’m considered part of the telecommuting minority at my company as the majority of the employees work in a physical office. However, I was
fortunate my company was open to the idea and agreed to my remote worker transition as I made the move to North Carolina to be with my husband.

Overall, the option to work remotely in the U.S. is on the rise according to The New York Times. The author of the article shared statistics from the American Community Survey showing that telecommuting has risen 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 and now makes up 2.6 percent of the American work force, or 3.2 million workers. I’m proud to be part of that statistic and there a many perks to telecommuting, as well as many challenges. But I’ll discuss the challenges in another blog. For now, I want to focus on the positives by sharing my top five perks of telecommuting.

1. Dress code is my code.

My company is pretty casual and jeans are the norm unless you have a client meeting. But as a telecommuter, my wardrobe consists of yoga pants, tank tops and sports bras. Real bras are lame. Some telecommuters recommend wearing jeans everyday and dressing up to feel more professional but I don’t agree that is right for everyone. I enjoy being comfy while I work long hours and if I need to run errands I’m still in acceptable to clothing to leave the house. My workout attire is not the snappiest, but one day I hope to invest in super fly attire. If you want recommendations, my good friend Lauren has tips on snagging workout wardrobe deals at The Thrifty Mermaid. 

2. 9-5 is bye-bye.

My job requires me to work odd hours and I’ve had to start days in the office at 4:30 AM while other days I’ve left the parking lot at 11 PM. Because my office is my home I can manage my schedule so that if I have to be online in the wee hours of the morning, I can end my day early. When I worked in the office and started early, I felt I had to remain at the office until 6 PM because my coworkers were diligently working. Now, I can obtain better work/life balance when I’m required work odd and long hours.

3. Weekly lunch dates with the hubby.

My husband works from home 1-2 times a week and we try to take lunch breaks together. I cherish this time because we get to unplug for an hour and reconnect during the middle of the day.We also make each other get out of house and grab lunch at one of our favorite Ocean Isle Beach spots.

4. Puppies, puppies, puppies.

We have two lively puppies, Cannoli and Vita. One of the best parts of remote working is I get to be home with the girls everyday. I sound like a mommy blogger right now, but I love being home with the girls. They don’t have to be in a crate all day (we can’t let them run free in the house) and being home while we were potty training, was another perk. Also, when I have a bad day, there are two cuddle bugs who make me feel better. Cannoli still likes to spite us with accidents around the house and being home does not mean they are well-behaved dogs, but its comforting to have them at my feet during the workday.

Who wouldn't want to be home with these sweet babies all day?

Who wouldn’t want to be home with these sweet babies all day?

5. Beach is right down the street.

There are days that can be overwhelming and I feel like the world is crashing down on me. When I worked in an office and the pressure got to me, I used to take walks around the block in downtown Orlando. I’ve loved taking these walks with a 7Eleven fountain drink, but now when I need to take a mental break, I have this view…

My view when I need to recharge from the workday

My view when I need to recharge from the workday

Life as a remote worker isn’t so bad…