Forty-five minutes of driving in nasty traffic on the way to the office and then again forty-five to sixty minutes driving in nasty traffic to back home. Almost two hours per day of my life was no less than waste! I always thought if I can get a superpower like the Flash, I can just rush to the office and be back home in a blink of an eye. So that I can save those two valuable hours of my life and invest it with my loving family!
Today, guess what?!! I have that superpower! I am saving my valuable two hours and having fun with my little ones! Well, no, no, I didn’t get struck by lightning and converted into the Flash. But…..Uplers gave me that superpower using which I can just be in the office and back home in a blink of an eye! And that superpower is working from home!
I still remember my first day of working from home. I thought, wow! Matlab kya baat he! I just put on my shorts, borrowed the writing pad of my kid, bed par 4 takiye lagaye, and started working!
The first two hours were more like trying to be comfortable with the right position. In the third hour, I realized there is no such comfortable position while working on your bed with a laptop! The first day went with a lot of adjustment, alignment, and fight between my sitting position and the rigidness of my bed! Not to mention my family of course!
The second day was more like an eye-opener! I set up a proper place, a comfortable sitting arrangement, and a little bit of a glimpse of my office. I wasn’t in my tuxedos, but not in my pajamas either! Plus, my family realized I am working “from” home, not working “for” home for those hours!
They rightly said with great powers comes great responsibilities! Working from home, of course, comes with a bundle of benefits, but it also has its own responsibilities. Since I am working from home, I can define my working hours, which doesn’t mean I should not follow the work discipline. Since I am saving my valuable 2 hours, I spend it with my family. And yes, I am also saving money here! And which better place than your home to take a power nap!? The best part other than the family time is, roj - roj garma garam khana! Aur kya chahiye!
Sometimes it gives me a hard time as well, like the internet is our basic need, and in the initial days, I was on mobile data. I faced frequent problems with my daily calls, meetings, and day-to-day jobs. But then I got a broadband connection, which works like a charm! Schools are online these days, and my kids are at home all the time! When their hardcore playing mode gets on, it doesn’t matter to them, either their father is creating any reports or on a call with his boss! My little girl crawls to my chair and requests me to carry her in my arms! And I lovingly do so! Many times I take meetings with her sitting on my lap! This is altogether a different feeling! I am enjoying my time! My family feels safe because I am in front of them 24 by 7.
Whenever I get bored, I have my kids who cheer me up with just their smiles! I am loving it!