New City, New way of working

Something for Sunday:

I recently made the move from one big city (Los Angeles) to another big city (Atlanta). One of the biggest blessings about this move is that I did not have to look for another job. My employer decided that I could work remotely and I was extremely happy. Nothing compares to the stress of moving and then having to look for a job. I was thankful.

Not only am I now working remotely but I also am now working from home. This is a big change for me. Every job that I have ever had has always had a brick and mortar office I would go to, where I’ve been surrounded by people. Working from home is definitely a lifestyle change for me. The big question now is, how am I going to adapt to it?

The first week was the hardest. It was a combination of getting use to the time change and adapting to working from home. During that week, I found myself snacking a lot and wanting to lounge throughout the day. I knew that if I continued down this road the results would not be good.

I then recalled a conversation I had with a co-worker of mine, Kat, in which she explained to me how she managed working from home. She said she acted like she was going into the office every day: she showered, put on a dress, did her makeup and went out for lunch every day. As she was sharing her routine I thought that it was a bit much. But at the end of the first week I realized that Kat was right. I had to treat my workday like I was actually going into the office.starbucks pic 4

After four weeks in Atlanta, my daily schedule is now as follows: I go to the gym at 6:30 am, come home, shower, get dressed (usually in jeans and a t-shirt), head to Starbucks in Midtown and work from there; I do this about 3 to 4 times a week. I feel like I am working from an office surrounded by people (even though they are strangers) and I get to meet new people and explore my new home after the workday is over. I call this a win/win for SVB!

I am embracing my new home and my new work situation, and I look forward to what lies ahead, taking it one day at a time.

Shawn V. Branch works in education and also writes a lifestyle blog, SV Branches (www.vanbranchblog.com), which is based on the vision of inspiring and connecting with people who are searching for positivity and motivation. Originally from Baltimore, Shawn now resides in Atlanta.
Shawn V. Branch works in education and also writes a lifestyle blog, SV Branches (www.vanbranchblog.com), which is based on the vision of inspiring and connecting with people who are searching for positivity and motivation. Originally from Baltimore, Shawn now resides in Atlanta.

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