Working from home is, and always has been, the dream. What could possibly be better than posting up in my recliner and firing off emails with the television droning in the background? I mean, that’s how it goes, right? I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that my boss gave me the okay to go remote, so I’m moving my ass to the Shenandoah Valley to live my best life with my future wife. Except now I have some questions.
Do I need an “office”?
I definitely plan to have an area that is dedicated workspace, but do I need a full office? I’m going dual-monitor setup with a docking station because I live that Excel life, but I could just set that on a table off to the side somewhere, right? I mean, I’m sure I will want peace and quiet, but I currently share an office with a guy that chews like a cow and tries to talk to me all day long, so I’m kind of used to distractions. Mrs. Delph will be busy working twelve (which usually means fourteen or fifteen) hour shifts in her scrubs, so it will just be me at home anyway. Well, and a bird dog or two. However, that leads me to my next question.
Am I going to be bored?
I’m used to the typical office camaraderie. I have friends, and enemies, whom I interact with each day. I can always walk down the hall and find someone to make small-talk with whenever my brain is tired of breaking down spreadsheets. I probably spend 10% of my day standing in someone’s door with my coffee mug in my hand, pretending to care about the drama on their kid’s lacrosse team or how their dog ate something that he wasn’t supposed to eat…again. I have also gotten really good at fake hearty laughter, it’s a crucial skill to have if you want to make friends and climb the ladder. Plus I just really enjoy being able to take a lap around the office. But that means…
Am I going to get cabin fever?
If I sleep, eat, relax, and work in the same house – am I doomed? We’ll be posted up in a townhouse while we construct the new dream crib, so I won’t have complete solitude yet. Down the road, Farmer Delph will be in full force, and I’ll be able to go take my office laps outside. But in the meantime, I’ll still be living somewhat of a city life. I don’t like that. Beyond the gym, what the hell else am I going to do? Maybe I could start a YouTube channel.
What are the secrets that I need to know?
I feel like there is a secret community of remote workers, and I want in. I need to know everything. I need to know etiquette. Is it beneficial to get up and get dressed instead of sitting in pajamas all day? When’s a good time to log on for the day? What are the best shows to watch in the background? I think I’m going to become a Price Is Right addict, and that’s okay. Is there a list of what’s appropriate and inappropriate to do while I’m “on the clock”? Please advise.
Just a couple more months of the office grind, and then my whole world is going to change. At least I think. Am I sure I want to do this? .