Iâ€™ve been working with a brand agency remotely for roughly two years. It really bothers me that I must explain this and then break down my responsibilities so that I can drive my point across. One thing that I have become very selfish with is MY TIME! My digital calendar is my planner of my day, week and month. I schedule EVERYTHING! Iâ€™ve said it before and Iâ€™m saying it again, if itâ€™s NOT scheduled on my calendar it may NOT happen. Iâ€™m usually juggling tasks and am super forgetful when Iâ€™m in the multi-tasking zone.
My mobile phone alarms are also set to remind me of things like, pick your son from school. Itâ€™s time to hit the carpool line! Sad to say without that alarm, Iâ€™d probably work right through it. When I get laser focused and Iâ€™m in a zone, itâ€™s hard to break away from what Iâ€™m doing until itâ€™s complete. I love the flexibility of being able to work from wherever I want. Iâ€™ve worked in doctorâ€™s offices, coffee shops, on the beach, at a rest stop, in the airport, on the plane, worked from home and at my sonsâ€™ school etc.
I worked in corporate America for years and had to leave my home and go into an office from 9-5. That’s one thing I donâ€™t miss at all! I do however realize that people respected my time more and my duties when I was working in an office setting. In recent months Iâ€™ve had arguments with loved ones that expect me to just drop what Iâ€™m doing to help them or not respect the fact that I get tired after working for a full day and I also run a few businesses and have clients that have contracted me to handle their social media marketing.
I should also mention that I have a PT job that I do 1-2 days a week (5-10 hours) to get out the house and have some social interaction with other people. There are days when I work from 7:00 am-3:00 pm on my FT job and then go into my PT job from 5:00 pm-9:30 pm. It can be very exhausted on those days and I get burned out from time to time. Iâ€™m not going to work a twelve-hour day and be ready to jump and add more tasks to my list when Iâ€™m already exhausted. BUT, to some I shouldnâ€™t be exhausted!
BECAUSEâ€¦ I donâ€™t really WORK! Can you believe this has been said to my face?!?! Just because I donâ€™t leave my home on a regular basis or have a manual labor position where I am exerting physical strength to get the job done doesnâ€™t make what I do less work or less important than what the next person does. I am a social media manager/monitor and I am on the computer on EVERY social media platform from 7:00 am-3:00 pm daily creating content, sending reports, engaging, monitoring and blocking when necessary for multiple accounts.
I get mentally drained, build in breaks and even nap during lunch sometimes, so I can feel refreshed. There are days that I must drop everything and do absolutely nothing until Iâ€™m fully recharged. Itâ€™s disappointing that Iâ€™m not supported by some of the people closest to me. I shouldnâ€™t have to argue that Iâ€™m too tired to do that favor after Iâ€™ve worked 12 hours but, Iâ€™m told that I didnâ€™t really work because â€œI donâ€™t really do anything!â€ Then I get offended and â€œThey didnâ€™t mean it like that!â€ Wellâ€¦ How did you mean it?
Working remotely has allowed me to be more present for my youngest son as well as travel frequently whether for business or pleasure. I havenâ€™t taken any PTO (paid time off) when I travel but, thatâ€™s going to change because I realize that I donâ€™t get to have a full experience when I am working. When I travel, I canâ€™t do anything for ME until Iâ€™m off the clock! I always must have WIFI or use my hotspot to stay connected to the internet, so I can do my work. Iâ€™m learning to make all my moments count.
One of my favorite quotes isâ€¦ â€œcollect moments not things.â€ Iâ€™m learning the importance of that daily. The one takeaway I want you to have is thisâ€¦ If someone you know works from home or remotely, it isnâ€™t your place to judge them and belittle their duties because it doesnâ€™t fit into your stereotype. I work hard, my job is happy with my performance and I get a paycheck bi-weekly with benefits and a 401K. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d be privy to any of that if I wasnâ€™t doing my job! Did I mention my bills are paid!