Daily #82: From home

Today I got to officially work from home for the first time.

It was quite simple really – I was suddenly asked to write two high-volume pieces (ebooks) with only a couple of weeks notice. Wanting to get them out of the way, I just asked my boss if I could take today as a work from home day, and he agreed.

The only thing (literally the only thing) I don’t like about my job is that there doesn’t seem to be a way of arranging a consistent work from home schedule. Despite us all being given laptops, and my work primarily being something I complete independently, as well as the necessary communication channels that facilitate remote work having already been established, it’s just not something that’s offered.

I asked my colleagues about this, and they said that “a few people have like one day of WFH a week, but they’ve been here for ten years”. It’s a shame, as I think it would really be an improvement to my workflow at times – hence why I requested to stay at home today. I got a good amount done, as I was uninterrupted by colleagues asking for odd bits of work.

I think my ideal arrangement at this point in time would be for me to be able to work from home 2-3 days each week. This would allow for me to be in work regularly – I see the benefit of being in the office at least some of the time, as some things move more freely when they’re being collaborated on in person, and meetings are a good way of catching up. But I’d still spend a good amount of time working at home, which works with my main goal – to get a dog.

I’ve probably discussed this goal before, but I don’t remember where. Getting a dog of my (our) own is one of the main things I really want to do within the next 2-3 years at the latest. We’ve bought a house, which was one of the two criteria we needed to fulfil to be able to get one – the other is for our work lives to match the dog owner lifestyle.

I’m aware that plenty of people have a dog while both adults are working full time. The money earned from them working allows the dog to attend daycare, or get dog walkers – or there’s family close by which look after the dog during the day. While these are all feasible for us, it’s more of a matter of preference for me. While this might sound selfish, I’d like for myself and my partner to be the ‘primary’ owners of the dog, and part of me would probably be jealous if somebody else (such as a family member) was having as much time with said dog as I was.

Sounds silly, I know – but I can’t help it. Part of me also thinks it can be a little irresponsible to get a dog when neither of the owners are home most of the day – especially a puppy, which is what we’d be in the market for.

You might be wondering what breed of dog I’d like. There are many, but we both agree that our first dog will be a golden retriever. My grandmother had one when I was young called Wilf, and he was like a lion. I’ve loved them ever since then – and they’re fairly easy to train and very friendly, which is exactly what I’d like in a dog.

It doesn’t help that I’m surrounded by gorgeous dogs. Here’s a few pictures of them!

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