The main reason I wanted to work from home was so that I can spend more time with the girls and take a big part in looking after them. In March, this theory was put to test as my youngest daughter caught a stomach bug and couldn’t go nursery. So I was at home, working and looking after my daughter without wanting to seem that I was unable to cope. I was so happy that I could spend time with her and cuddle her when she was feeling poorly. I think if I was working in an office, I might not have been able to spend so much time with her but at the same time, I was trying to reply to email queries from work as and when they came but ended up doing a lot of the work in the evenings or when I had a few moments spare in between my daughter napping. This was also in between cleaning up the vomit in the sitting room, the only carpeted part of downstairs and a million nappy changes! Maybe if I was in the office though, I would have been able to take time off completely from work to look after my daughter and not have to worry about emails or work at all.
The other bad thing about working from home is that family think you are at home and that’s it. They pop in whenever they want and ask me to do a million things that had I been working away from home, they probably wouldn’t. That’s partly my fault because all I have to do is say no.
I guess, whenever there is a problem, I’m going to be wondering what it would be like if I was working in an office. I do truly appreciate working from home and my work life balance is fairly good, although I do need to spend more quality time with the girls when they are at home rather than worrying about work all the time. I plan to get more organised by next month and schedule in some proper time with them, rather than putting cbeebies on while I do a bit of work. As I get more used to work, I should be able to get more organised. Then again, being organised and kids don’t really seem to go hand in hand.
Attempting to be an amazing accountant and an amazing mum, somehow combine the two and meet somewhere in the middle but currently failing at both. Hoping that in a few years I will have found something I enjoy doing or found some sort of work life balance and will be in a less stressed out place but until then, or as I get there, I think I...