I’ve recently gone back to work, and whilst it has taken some getting used to again, I have realised that there are some seriously awesome benefits of working!
I can go to the bathroom by myself. This is awesome. Normally at home, I’m accompanied by my toddler, whether I like it or not. It’s either let him follow me in, or have him scream the house down when the door is closed, separating us. If he does follow me, it is then a battle to stop him from trying to spin the roll of toilet paper and pull off every sheet – this happens in about 10 seconds. He is like The Flash crossed with a miniature tornado. Zooms in, pulls everything apart, then disappears.
Not having to ask someone where their pants or socks are, 20 times a day. Our toddler goes through phases where pants and socks are optional. It’s a nice change to not have to ask someone “where have your pants gone?”, although if I have to start asking that at work, I think there are bigger problems to worry about…
The luxury, yes, luxury, of being able to focus on one task at a time if I like. I can sit at my computer and write what needs to be written, do the required research, and everyone is happy. I’m not multitasking with a small human hanging off my leg, yelling, whilst I’m trying to answer the phone and make lunch before the hungry cranky child possibly bites the kitchen drawer handle.
No one is likely to throw a wooden block at me. Well, it is still early days, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t allowed in the workplace.
Once I’m finished for the day, I’m off the clock. No one needs me until I’m back in the office. I’m not on call.
I’m not going to have to scrape porridge that has set hard like concrete, off the furniture.
I get to talk to adults.
I get paid.
Not too shabby really!
What are some of the benefits you have discovered of working vs being at home?
Do you have blocks thrown at you in frustration?
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