Why I Love Working From Home

Today we got our first real snowfall of the season.

Other years I would have been worried about having to go to work and drive in blizzards, icy conditions, and minus forty weather. Last winter I didn’t have to do any of it, and this winter will be the same.

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I would have preferred different circumstances, but sometimes life deals us a crappy hand and we have to move forward. Ross used to always tell me he should be a kept man, but he didn’t live long enough to get that privelege.

All sad things aside, I love the flexibility I have. I can work when I’m most productive, not when someone tells me I have to.

I’m a night owl; always have been. Sometimes it seems as if I get the greatest ideas right before I’m ready to turn out the light. I have started making notes in my planner so I don’t forget the ideas by morning. And if I do forget, at least they’re written down.

I have started using a minimalist layout in my bullet journal. Well, maybe a little more than minimalist, but not as fancy as some of the layouts I have seen on Pinterest. The one I am using now seems to work for this stage of life. It gives me space for what I need to do, the goals I have, and the notes and plans I have for each day. It also has blocks for an affirmation, gratitude, and a word of the day.

I try to keep the word of the day positive, but sometimes I just want to say fuck-it. There are days that don’t go as planned, and that’s something we all experience. My dilemna is, do I write the word in first thing and try to focus on it, or see what the day brings and sum it all up with one word. What would you do?

Anyway, back to my daily planner page. I have it set up so I don’t have to write in it every single day. You know as well as I do there are days when life kind of gets in the way and the planning goes out the window. I have designed a printable which is available in my Etsy Shop that is just like the one I use. It works for me, and I’m sure it’ll work for you too.

Simple, undated, and has plenty of room for goals, to-do list, and all the things you need in a planner page.

I use an A5 dot grid notebook, but the Etsy listing is a US letter size. It’s easy enough to adjust the size if you’re using an A5 like I do. I also use washi tape to give it a little bit of colour, as well as a multi-colour ballpoint pen (a nice part of a surprise bag I bought at Chapters a few weeks ago).

Being able to work from home lets me utilize my resources and work when I’m most productive. And as I said earlier, I don’t have to worry about going anywhere in inclement weather. That in itself is a big bonus for me.

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Author: Diane Ziomek

I am a mom, independent author, freelance writer, fibre artist, and podcaster. I like to share what I have learned with others over the years, in hopes of making their lives easier and more lucrative. My published works can be found on most ebook platforms, as well as on my website. I also have a just-for-fun website about gardening where I share information about plants, how-to's, and gardening in a cold climate.

2 thoughts on “Why I Love Working From Home”

  1. Oh yeah, some of the journal layouts online can be pretty elaborate. Me, I don’t even have lists or spreads, just paragraphs upon paragraphs of my days. And because of that, the blank format suits me best (dot grid is too small for me, usually).

    Not having to commute is definitely a plus side of WFH. I’ve effectively saved thousands of dollars this year for not having to travel to work. There are the pros and cons of it, but you’ve certainly highlighted the awesomest parts of WFH!

    Anyway, the working life is a weird place now, and I’m curious to see how it’s going to evolve further. Thanks for this post, Diane!

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    1. I think the thing I miss the most about not working in the library anymore is talking face-to-face with the patrons. Well, to be honest, some are missed more than others.

      But as the wind is howling and the snow is falling once again, I’m thankful I don’t have to go out in it. Watching it blow across the field from my office is quite alright with me.

      Thank you for your comment, and you’re right, the working life is a weird place now: both WFH and in professional/retail settings.

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