My eyes sting from staring at my screen for too long, watching words form on and move around blank documents. I don’t need to tell you how busy I’ve been with my job (it’s not particularly a stellar description of someone’s day now, is it? Everybody always seems preoccupied). But for a quick […]
This is simply another life update—except I’m veering away from my previous formulaic and banal blog titles—a.k.a. <month> <year> Mood—and going for something that more accurately portrays my current situation.
I may or may not have mentioned it on my blog before, but I am a remote worker, and have been for nearly a year now. Here’s a picture of what that looks like: basically, I own my time and can sleep in a little more (some remote workers dress up to be in a work mood, which I definitely want to try someday. But right now, I like catching a few more precious minutes of sleep—and quite frankly I also prefer to have an audience when I am sporting a #lewk), enjoy the fact that I don’t have to deal with horrendous Metro Manila traffic, and have the freedom to work anywhere I want. I like to stay at home, though, because coffee shops can cost a lot when all the cappuccinos and cookies add up. And where I am from, even transportation can cost me either a lot of time the cheap way, or a lot of money the quick way.
That being said, I’m not under a lot of restrictions as a remote worker. For one, I try to keep myself from accessing websites irrelevant to my job, which is hard, to say the least. I know there are digital tools that can lock websites, but I like to pretend that I can handle myself—and even upon admitting that, I still refuse to use any external applications to ban irrelevant websites. What can I say? I live a dangerous life.
You guys—the temptation is real.
Right now, I am trying very hard not to finish the entire series of Orange is the New Black on Netflix on a work day. I haven’t, yet, and thank God my eyes dry up in retaliation when I attempt to watch three episodes in the morning—otherwise I really could have carried on with the binge-watching. At 24, I am still working on self-restraint.
But yes, I am obsessed with this show. And here are some more things that I’m living for lately.
- Orange is the New Black. Oh, you know, I just gotta make sure my obsession is crystal clear!
- ASMR. I love Gentle Whispering ASMR and Accidentally Graceful on Youtube. Absolutely a cheap thrill that I look forward to before any shut-eye: their channels are like a (FREE!) dream spa!
- Fifty shades of nude. I’ve been gravitating towards camel, rust, tan, and beige palettes lately, and I am on the lookout for rust-hued cigarette pants or a camel coat. They seem so elusive where I shop.
- Blazer dresses. Easy, polished, sophisticated.
- Dog training. I welcomed a beautiful shih tzu in January and, as a first-time pawrent, have been looking up dog training videos on Youtube and advice on Reddit so that I go in the right direction with my pup. Her name is Bailey, by the way—yes, after the Irish Cream.
In other work-related news—I got promoted to a senior content editor position. *CONFETTI* All the cramming definitely paid off! But heed these wise words, dear reader: don’t try that at home.
On a more serious note, I was ecstatic when my boss offered me the promotion, and I am so excited about the new tasks. The workload is heavier, but the nature of the job is different from just being a writer—and I’m absolutely eager to try an editor hat on.
Of course, this bigger responsibility means that there’s a bigger pressure for me to get shit done right and on time. I guess I just have to constantly remind myself that the beginning of a work day is often the highest hurdle, and also when the temptation to do fun alternatives is strongest. But when I jump over that wall and get going, I really get going. And so, I’m ending this blog post with a note to self—one that you could find useful too, maybe: binge-watch hard, binge-work harder.
To all remote workers reading this: I’d love to know what you enjoy most about it, and what you struggle with. Just comment away!