FlexiWorkLife is not what you think it is.
It looks pretty on the outside, but inside it’s a contorted and complicated. It’s twisted and needs organizing. It’s way harder than one would think it might be.
This is mid year two of me choosing not to teach full-time to work on passion projects and develop other skills – things you have no time or energy to do when you teach full-time. I didn’t think the transition to FlexiWorkLife would be an easy one, don’t get me wrong. I adore routine and schedules and knowing what’s happening at all times. I was stepping into this abyss of so many unknowns and that was going to take some major adjusting. The choice to make a change was a tough one to make, but I knew it was the time to do it.
Here’s what I’ve learned in the last year and a half. There’s a lot more than what I’ll list, but I’ll give you the things that stand out to me the most:
- Working from home is not easy. It requires motivation, dedication, focus, focus, focus, planning, scheduling and mandatory breaking times.
- I valued and needed routine more than I realized. I missed it just a few weeks into this change.
- Questioning my decision would be a normal event.
- It wasn’t a surprise that I would need to adjust my working routines often. I just didn’t realize how often that would need to be.
- Variation in working location is more important than I realized. When you teach, you are forced to use the spaces you have and now I was facing this open pit of choice in working spaces. This was tough. Some places I tried: co-working spaces, every cafe and coffeeshop in the neighborhood, the condo pool.
- Feeling lost in life would also be a normal event.
- Feeling extremely emotional would be a normal event.
- Realizing that many other people were in the same boat was comforting. Extremely comforting.
- Having a network of go-to people would become central to my life.
- It does get easier over time, in a way. But there will always be days that are way harder than others.
- Time is way more valuable than I realized and it’s one of the most important parts of learning to live an efficient and effective FlexiWorkLife.
- Opportunity is literally everywhere. Like every kind of opportunity you can think of. And if there isn’t an opportunity that you want, you can make it! It just takes time and focus.
- It’s possible to learn things you didn’t think you wanted to learn, but then discover how important those things are for understanding a greater scope of other things (a bit meta, I know).
That’s a longer list than I anticipated writing, and there is more I could write. But I’d like to hear from you!