Back in my corporate life, I didn’t think it could get much weirder than a grown-up snow day.
Here’s the deal: you’re hearing all of these weather reports and you have no idea what to expect from your commute (especially here in New York City, where you never know how the subway system is going to be affected by a big storm), and on top of that, you’re getting mixed messages from your bosses about what you’re supposed to be doing. That whole “use your judgement” line? I never knew what to do with it. I would have been much happier if someone could have just told me how important it actually was for me to drag myself through the snow into the office. Since my colleagues lived all over the city and its suburbs, attendance on a snow day was always a mixed bag. Can you blame me that I always wanted to be part of the group that got to stay home and out of the cold, checking my e-mail periodically but mostly watching old episodes of The Real Housewives? (Spoiler alert: I was rarely part of that group.)
It turns out that experiencing a snow day when you work from home may be even weirder — mostly because life basically just goes on as normal. For the past 48 hours, the entire east coast has been bracing itself for Winter Storm Stella. Everyone’s stocked up on groceries, and my friends have excitedly chatted about how they would spend their
work-from-home day day off. Matt and I debated the status of the subway system extensively at 5:30 AM this morning as he tried to predict whether or not he’d be able to make it back to Brooklyn once he’d made the trip to Manhattan. And in all of the chaos — I just went to work. I got out of bed, showered, and dug into my schedule like it was any other Tuesday.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m super grateful for the fact that I don’t need to venture out in the ice and snow on days like today. I know how miserable it can be to battle the elements on a day that you just. don’t. think. you. should. have to. go. to work. Still, the sort of business-as-usual nature of something like a “snow day” for someone like me who works from home is funny: on most other days, it can seem like this arrangement has tons of perks, but on days like today, you miss out on a pretty fun benefit.
My special snow day treat is that my friend who travels to NYC every week as a consultant is spending the day working out of my apartment with me! I couldn’t possibly let her sit alone in a hotel room all day, and since she lives in DC most of the time, we don’t get to see each other nearly enough. She cooked us a delicious lunch and I’m hoping to deliver the same for dinner. It’s been really nice having a little extra company.
While snow days have become weird, something I decided that I could use a little more of in my work-from-home life is Mondays. I know, I know… I’m full of unpopular opinions today. I just had such an epiphany yesterday about how wonderful a real Monday can be.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been traveling on Monday, and while I’ve been able to get work done here and there while on the road, I’ve started my Tuesdays feeling exhausted and more than a few steps behind. I think it’s been contributing to my slightly blue moods over the last few weeks (you can read more about that here), and it was amazing how much better I felt yesterday starting the week off on the right foot. Even though my schedule is flexible and fluid now, I still have a powerful emotional connection to MONDAY as the start to a fresh week, and there’s nothing better than a productive, positive one. Tuesdays, on the other hand? They’ve always been my least favorite day of the week. Cheers to more good Mondays, everyone!
Stay safe in the snow, friends, and enjoy this (hopefully) last round of winter frolicking : )