I’m currently working at the university on a tiny part-time contract. While I like to go to the school to meet my colleagues and get some of the admin done twice a week, I must say I love working from home. When I think about why I like it so much, these are the things that come to mind:
– When seeking inspiration I can have a look at our garden, and if the weather is nice and I had some time in the morning I can see our clothes hanging outside. I don’t know why, but it gives me a sense of peace.
– I love the smell of coffee after lunch when E. is sleeping and I have five minutes to think about my dilettante life.
– I can eat real homemade food (Basque style) and not a cold, sad sandwich eaten seated at a desk.
– When I get into a silly mood and am unable to produce an intelligent word or articulated sentence, I can always clean the house a bit (for the joy of my partner who can then escape his domestic weekend obligations).
– I don’t need to dress up to go to work.
– I’m the first to see the mail.
– I can skip the commuting, so I end up with more time to work.
– I don’t need to pretend that I’m working in front of my colleagues, so I don’t worry if I go to the toilet or the kitchen too many times. Nobody can see me.
– If things get really bad I can always go for a nap in bed. Although I think about it every morning when I wake up at 6:30 I’ve never done it, except when I was pregnant and constantly sick. At that time I used to fall asleep with my head on my desk for 20 minutes right after lunch, to be woken up by a student knocking at my door (I know, very pathetic).
– I can wear a beauty mask for 20 minutes while reading an article.
– I can put the chickpeas or beans in water if I forgot to do it the night before.
– I enjoy the sense of freedom when I work from home. I can negotiate my hours, adapt my productivity to my mood or my inspiration and tailor my day according to my needs. Maybe I sound too enthusiastic here. Let’s moderate my emotions and systematize the information with my tiny female brain; what I want to say is that I can finally be on my own at home and do the work that I like (reading and writing) without constant interruptions. Regarding my needs, what I feel at this moment is that they are more curtailed than tailored.
– I can put E. down for a nap. He is almost 19 months, but he still goes to sleep in my arms. A bit heavy, I must say, but I love doing it.
– I can be at home when E. wakes up from his nap in a non-stop screaming mood until he gets his banana.
These are all reasons why I love working from home. No matter that at this moment I work at an improvised desk. My home office is really dreadful at the moment, as we haven’t made a decision concerning the furniture or the house. But most of all, I love working from home because I feel that my creativity is preserved and protected in this space, and this is probably the most important thing of all.