Back in 2013 when I was a junior in college, I got my first remote or work-at-home job with a full-time employment. I realized this must be my future to work anywhere and be location-independent. I fell head over heels for remote jobs. The other job I got during my college was relatively remote as well. I was happy to contact people from overseas in my own time when I felt most productive and sociable. I knew remote job is going to be my life.
However, this is Thailand where paperworks for governmental and banking errands are still omnipresent. This dinosaurous procedures also apply to openness to let people work at home or remotely. After graduation, I experienced the real corporate working world. I joined one of the world’s most well-known HR consultancy firms and worked there for a year.
I managed to get my current job that is a work-at-home job, although not entirely 100% work-at-home. I still have to visit clients on demand. Some of their offices locate offshore, on an oil drilling rig or wellhead platform, in the midst of the endless ocean.
Let’s see differences in my life for a work-at-home job.
1. I found myself frequently overwork more than I did for an office-based job.
During the first few months at an office job, it was usual that I was the last person that left the office or even left the building. I worked until 10-11 pm at the office alone. I found that I felt most productive after there was no presence of people around me. My productive time was 4pm to 10pm.
My hardworking rewarded me to be the country’s quarterly champion and my team were proud of me. One day I realized Oh, I don’t want any kind of award anymore. I just want to have a work-life balance.
With freedom to work at home, my laptop is always anywhere in my house. It’s irresistible to check email and continue work until midnight just because I feel like working until late night…
2. Nap time.
It’s believed that napping during daytime is a body power charge. Yes, it is. The only downside of my napping time is that I tend to oversleep. So my nap time around 1PM turns out to stimulate my intimacy with bed even more. I get up when alarm snoozes to remind me to go back to work, but I still feel in love with my bed and fluffy blanket.
3. Weight loss
I’m such a homebody. I like to call myself a caveman though. Except that cavemen go out hunting for food. No, I don’t. I order food online from Foodpanda and Lineman Delivery almost every day. If I need fresh produce and meat, I order from Honestbee, HappyFresh, Tops Online, Tesco Online.
I eat only low-fat milk, yogurt, banana, congac, miso soup, kimchi, mixed vegetable soup, egg, chicken breast. I’m not a fan for vegetable and fruit. I have lost almost 4 kilograms during one and a half month…
4. Delivery applications are a part of my life.
Homebody appreciates any tool that helps them not to go out and do thing. Thank you the Internet.
5. Less expense in most things because I am available all the time.
Going to see a doctor? No prob, doc. I can see you during working time and I pay much MUCH less compared to when I pay at extra hour clinics. Going to see friend in her office just because I want to revise my insurance policies, I can see you at 10 a.m. at your office. Too stressed out and want to watch a movie at cinema? If the cheapest ticket is available at 2 p.m., I will be there in 20 mins. Plumber is coming to fix something without notice? I’m home. Just please knock the door so that I can put on pants and a sweatshirt.
6. Grooming to go out is such a big contrast.
When I feel like going out, I should be presentable enough to drag myself out to experience the world. So my grooming is a borderline extremity ranging from a runway-style grooming to no grooming at all in my birthday suit when I’m in my cave.
7. Video call makes me panic.
I appreciate how nice my overseas colleagues are. They call me online but they don’t turn on their camera for a video call. Thanks. You wouldn’t want to see my tits and a pimple-prone face, would you?
8. Calling makes me panic, but not getting a call back makes me panic more.
WHERE THE H*LL ARE YOU?! I NEED YOU NOW, JUST ANSWER MY CALL OR CALL ME BACK.
9. When I feel stressed, I jump into the pool.
Just jump into the pool and take a shower. I do planking or yoga when my sport band snoozes to remind me that I have sat and move to nowhere for too long time, just get up and move your body.
10. People just don’t get it why I work everywhere.
In metro, in uber car, at hospital, at a car dealer place, my friend’s office. Because I still have to be available and reachable all the time during the normal office time when other office-based staff are working. I’m online since 7 in the morning. No, I’m not a workaholic. I hate working. But my office time is based on Singapore’s time. They open at 8 a.m., so I need to start my day at 7 in the morning.