I’ve been a part of the Benchmark team for just over three years now, working remotely for about two. If memory serves me correctly, anxiety was actually getting the best of me when I decided to make the switch. I really have no clear cut recollection of my first time working from home. What I do remember is the tremendous amount of relief I felt in being given the opportunity to transition from the standard 9 to 5 office environment to working remotely.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been struggling with anxiety since I was a teenager, but for the first time ever in my life it started to interfere with my day job. I was constantly getting sick and the only way I was able to keep up with my workload was to buckle down and pick up the slack at home. With compounding stressors in my life affecting my ability to get work done in the office during regular business hours, it was more than evident that change was needed.
Since I had already been working from home off and on to keep up with my workload, when I officially switched from working in the corporate office to working remotely, I didn’t miss a beat. If anything, I became even more productive with my flexible schedule. The comfort of being at home, coupled with the ability to take extended breaks midday if I needed to decompress, made all the difference. The ability to form a routine of my own gave me balance in my life that had been lacking for so long. I went from struggling with work to immediately being on the up and up.
Don’t get me wrong though - while working remotely proved to be a great step towards a healthier lifestyle and made it possible for me to strike a balance between work and my personal life, it hasn’t been a cakewalk the entire time. Like my teammate Jen, I will be sharing my own experiences, discussing the perks, problems and growing pains of working remotely. I may even give a go at video blogging for the Remote Control blog series (bear with me as it would be my first time EVER). Additionally, I welcome other remote workers to join the conversation, sharing your success stories, common problems you’ve had and best solutions you’ve found in dealing with said problems. Or, ya know, you can simply comment on any post you like. Anyhow, keep an eye out every Wednesday for our blog series!