Working from home

I just finished up my first month of working with Bluespark. As  somebody who has always had a job that I had to go to, it’s been quite a  transition.

My favorite part about working from home is the fact that I get to  spend more time with my two crazy dogs, Gambit and Loki. I get to take  them on midday walks, get up and snuggle with them on breaks, and toss a  ball for them if I need to step away from the computer for a few  minutes. Not only is it easier to play with the dogs on breaks, I can  also do a quick sweep of the kitchen, tidy up my bedroom, or some other  quick house task in between tasks.

Gambit working hard to keep me company.

Another obvious benefit to working from home is the lack of commute.  Instead of rushing to get to the car at a certain time, stressing about  traffic, and then running from the parking lot to the office, my routine  is about as stress-free as can be. I wake up, have coffee, take care of  the dogs, tidy my bedroom, and then I’m ready for work. I do make a  point to always get dressed (no working in my PJs) so it doesn’t feel  like I’m slumming it up too bad.

Even though I occasionally get out of the house to have lunch, that  usually only ends up being once a week. Compare that to the 4–5 days I  was eating out when I worked downtown… and you can imagine how happy my  wallet is about this new setup. I’m also eating better, since I don’t  keep things like french fries and pizza stocked in the kitchen.

Why go out when I have yummy food at home?

One thing that I was doubtful of was my ability to focus. I’ve always  done better separating work from home entirely, but I’ve actually found  myself able to focus on single tasks for a longer amount of time this  way. Sure, I still get pinged in chat occasionally, but it’s nothing  compared to having somebody sitting right next to you popping their head  up to ask a question every few minutes. I do find myself distracted if  the house is messy, but that only encourages me to keep up with the  housework so my productivity doesn’t take a hit.

With coworkers all around the world, it can be difficult to remember  who is working when. Some of my coworkers are 5 hours ahead, others are 3 hours behind. Bluespark does have core hours (mornings in my timezone), which means I have to have all my ducks in a row before the European team signs off for the day.

All-in-all, the pros vastly outweigh the cons to working for a  distributed, remote team. I can’t imagine going back to an office  setting after having worked like this.