7 Reasons I Want To Work Remotely Forever

It took me a year to fall in love with working from home, but now I’m committed

Image via Tim Mossholder for Unsplash

THE LIFE-CHANGING JOY OF TIDYING UP
In the Before Times, I would let my apartment descend into entropy over the course of the week, then spend half my weekend cleaning it from top to bottom before repeating the cycle the following week.

HOME-COOKED MEALS
There are only so many $17 Sweetgreen salads one can consume before kale fatigue sets in. While I realize that most of us are sick to death of cooking (and cleaning up after) three meals a day, I’m not as tired of that routine as I was of the three or four go-to lunch spots around my old office.

NOT BEING WATCHED
Anyone who has worked in an open office environment has felt that subtle twang of guilt in your gut when your boss happens to walk by your giant Mac monitor just as you’ve clicked away from the deck you’re working on and into the open tab where you’re adding samples to your Sephora basket.

THE VIBES
Being able to light a candle, put on a healing frequencies playlist (shoutout to my husband, who does this every morning), and drape myself in a nubby throw blanket? What a gift.

MY OFFICE MATES
I fear this may inspire some eye-rolling, but I really love working at home with my spouse.

EASY ACCESS TO OUTSIDE
The building I worked in back in New York–a gray and hulking postmodern beast just east of the Hudson River–was hard to escape.

MY HEALTH
I’m immensely grateful to have been able to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the widespread adoption of masks and hand-washing has shone a bright light on the pure idiocy of going to work sick, as so many of us did prior to 2020.

I’m a west coast-based creative director at New York-based ad agency MRY, and the season 5 Masterchef runner-up. I love mayonnaise, yoga, cats, and pizza.

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