I have been working from home for quite some time. If we assume that you get better the more often you do something, one could say I am an expert. Recently I changed a lot and I am very happy with the results. I think I haven’t been as productive and happy with my work then in the last couple of month. Everything I do, how I do it, just feels right. Lucky me. Until about two days ago.
Next to the work related behavior, I also change my consumption of social media and news. I had the habit of opening various news websites every morning. My idea was that different ones might provide me with a broader picture of what was happening out there. You had to stay in the loop. If the world would end, and you did not read about it, how would you know? Until I realized that it made me feel strange. Powerless. Sad. So I stopped. I did not follow any news anymore. If someone asked me if I knew about something I would tell them that I did not. Then I kindly asked them what it was about and had a conversation about it. It really made me feel better. Lucky me. Until about two days ago.
I am lucky to be able to make my own decisions. Work what I want, live where I want and in general do whatever I want. I learned that it is not about how to spend the most money, but how to actually have a fulfilling life. Being able to pay very little for a bus that takes you to the beautiful ocean is something so little, but also something so truly satisfying. Being able to move freely and enjoying the world around me in a different way change me. Lucky me. Until about two days ago.
Now I’m sitting on my couch where I am supposed to work. I cannot. I have the urge to read multiple local and international newspapers to see what is going on. I feel like I am drawn to constant stream of new information and everything is unfolding so quickly that I have to refresh them and see what’s new. The weekend will be beging shortly and the freedom I had to move seems to be an ancient thing from the past. Simple things, like going to the beach, are not so simple anymore. If everyone takes the bus to the beach, why are we working from home in the first place.
We will see what the future has for us. For me at least one change is clear: my girlfriend will work from home as well, so I will no longer be alone. Lucky me.