Didn’t sleep great last night, but wasn’t terrible either. As I’ve aged, sleep has changed patterns on me. Not a big deal, just is what it is.
This morning I woke up around 6:30 AM. I would have loved to sleep in a bit, but the mind wasn’t having it. My wife and son where still asleep so I quietly made my coffee, poured a fresh cup and came into my office. Sitting at the computer, I began to go through personal email, reading articles, and scheduling out a few things for my personal social accounts. You know, the usual. After about an hour, I see my door peak open and I smile as my wife walks in.
She looks slightly concerned and tells me,
“You know it’s still Sunday, right?”
I explain the morning, my lack of an ability to sleep in today, and smile at the suggestion that I forgot what day it was. Thinking about that afterwards though, it isn’t too far off — she knows me better than anyone.
She knows I can lose track of days sometimes and wanted to make sure I hadn’t this time. Luckily, that only typically happens when I take a week or two off. In my mind, that is how I measure a good vacation — did I forget what day of the week it was?
Working remote is new for me though, and I think this was her concern. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world right now. I love the ability to walk into my own office and just concentrate with minimal interruptions. I love looking out my window at the stream my office sits next to, and watch the squirrels run by on the weeping willow trees outside. I love having the chance to enjoy my lunch break with my wife and son every day. It’s the best.
But after working in an office environment for decades, it is definitely an adjustment. I can’t just walk to someones desk to have a quick conversation. I can’t hang out with the excellent team I work with or join them for lunch at Wahoo’s.
As I adjust to all this, keeping track of the days is something I get to pay closer attention to now. The days can blend together when you are getting used to remote work.
And luckily, I have my wife, always there to help me adjust to any changes life brings our way.