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In the past, when I hear "circuit breaker", I'd link it to Science/Physics.
People crudely calls it CB.
Even before CB kickstart, my company had started implemented WFH - if you've no biz in office, don't go.
And, I love it.
I love staying home.
And, it's CB Day 6 today. With a week of reflection plus past experiences, these are my personal benefits of WFH:
1. Wake up late/Extra sleeping timeI now get to wake up at 8.20am, brush my teeth, comb my hair, and saddle myself on my chair and prep for work.
2. Save transport costI always love telecommuting since it helps me save on my commute. That's around $2 savings a day of not taking the public transport to office!
3. Save lunch money and translate into groceries cost for hubby and IEating in office costs way more because after half a day of angst at work, all of us crave for good food. And good food usually meant spending $15-$30 per meal.
Now, I get to translate that $15-$30 cost into groceries. And this amount could last my hubby and I a a week of home cook meal!
4. Spending more time with hubbyWhile my hubby and I hole ourselves up in different rooms as we work, I really enjoy this time together. My hubby's company is not big on telecommuting, so this is a rare chance for him to work from home if not for CB.
I like that when I get so engrossed at work and forgot it's time for lunch, by the time I step out of my room, I've meals prepared for me, or I'd see my hubby cooking something for me.
5. More productive at work + Working longer hours, but at comfort of homeWhat I enjoy working from home is the lack of disturbance. When I'm in office, I get called around for meetings, colleagues or staff popped by my desk to seek queries and I've to attend to their needs. I still get msgs on and off when I'm at home, but I just type it out and direct them. Or, we'll just call each other to settle things. I think I clear stuff much quicker at home, than in office.
Granted I work longer hours than in office, but I could afford to do so as I no longer need to watch the time to catch the bus home, or make sure I have my dinner before 7pm. If I'm hungry, I could just whip something quick and munch at work. Once I'm settled with work, I'll call it a day and start cooking dinner.
6. Lesser laundry to wash = saving utilities bill
I usually wash my laundry once a week. With the removed need to don on work wear (hey! pyjamas at work!), that's 3-4 pieces less work-wear to wash EVERY DAY! I'm expecting to only wash the laundry once every 1.5 weeks.
7. Lesser stress and frustrationsI think I've slightly lesser stress WFH.
Gone are the frustrations waiting for bus and seeing it cramped back, thus having to wait for the next; gone are the need to walk quickly to office and feeling angsty about the list of meetings I have to attend to; gone are the frustrations hearing colleagues complained about their workload or their furious typings; gone are the frustrations of not finding a seat for lunch and having to eat a quick meal so I can attend the next meeting.
Though I must say, I got frustrated by a new colleague's bootlicking antics via emails 🙄
People say this pandemic will create a new normal. Hopefully, the new normal will bring better change to all of us.