Tuesday, August 30, 2011

So What Happened??? - Part 2 of 2


On the verge of burn out, eyes newly opened to economic reality, I received a welcome email from an old coworker. "We're hiring, it's work from home, and you know the team..."


 


I reviewed the company against my new standards:


 


1. High value sector? Yep.


2. Niche focus? Check.


3. Intrinsic competitive advantage? Definitely.


 


September of 2010, I started a new job - 40 hours a week, working from home.


 


Between a return to normal working hours and elimination of my commute, I found myself with an extra 15-20 hours a week. After a few months of decompression, I was able to use this extra time for all sorts of fun stuff. A few of the highlights:


 


1. A week visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary


2. 6 weeks attending a 6am kettlebell boot camp class


3. Cutting my grocery bills from $100+ a week $150 a month


4. Completely automating my personal finances


5. Hosting a friend from out of the country


6. Finally attending my wife's family functions


7. Helping my wife to foster the biggest group of cats yet - 7 kittens!


8. Rediscovering my interests in video games, lifting and shooting pool


 


Amusingly, the net effect on my career has been improved professional growth. While I do not spend as many hours working, the time is more creative and the tasks are extremely well aligned with my strengths. Over the course of a year, I've learned quite a few new tricks and helped deliver some sweet projects.


 

Most importantly, my work and home lives are finally well integrated. With that foundation, I have regained the enthusiasm to set and pursue long term goals. It's going to be a fun year!