At the beginning of August, I quit my awful corporate job and jumped right into this photography business. I went from 8 hours of miserably checking facts about industrial supplies to 8 hours of planning, shooting, reading, and dreaming. While I love what I do, to say this was an adjustment is an understatement! Here are some of the things that I've learned in the last month and a half. If you work from home, please share some of the stuff you've discovered along the way!
1. You'll become super productive.
Now that I don't work at my office job, I can finally admit it: I spent HOURS every day surfing the internet, talking to my coworkers, and meandering around the departments. I hated what I did, so I found ways to avoid my work as much as possible. Not so with this biz. I get up early and write out my to-do list, and then I start working until everything is checked off. Sometimes that's not until late at night. But guess what? I don't mind one bit—in fact, I love it! I'm much more invested in my work, and I accomplish everything I set out to do.
2. You might lose some weight.
Now that my schedule is a lot more flexible, I find it much easier to carve out time to work out. Plus I can finally go to all the 9 a.m. barre classes! On top of that, I also cook for myself a lot more. In my past life, I used to eat at the cafeteria all the time, and if I wasn't indulging there, I often went out. These days, I'm much more in control of the menu each day. Combined, working out more and eating better have had a pretty sweet impact on my bod.
3. You'll get bored.
Yep. This is a thing. One of the nice things about the office was that there's guaranteed social time. Even if it's a meeting about planning another meeting, at least you get to interact with people. Now that my office consists of one person, I get a little stir crazy. I don't live with anyone, either, so it's just me and Mox. Sometimes I imagine conversations. Sometimes I watch New Girl and pretend they're all my friends, too.
4. You'll become way more social.
I used to 1000% identify as an introvert. Friday nights alone with a book? Yes, please! But now, I will strike up a conversation with ANYONE. I'm super chatty in the checkout line, I talk through my aforementioned barre classes, and I make damn sure my planner is filled with friend dates (and sometimes Bumble dates).
5. Your dog will get sick of you.
It took Moxie a long time to get used to the fact that I was home all day, every day. At first, this was very exciting for her. She'd wake me up early so we could play, and she'd cry when I sat down to work. But now, nope. Most of the time she takes a nap on my side of the bed. When she's not stinking up my pillow, she's pouting because she wants to go to daycare. I still try to play with her, but she won't have it. Daycare or bust.
If you work from home, please share some of the things you've learned!