It’s Friday! I completed my first week of remote work, here in Bello, Antioquia, Colombia and it flew by in the blink of an eye. I’m visiting my father who retired here just over one year ago. I jotted down some of the really awesome things about working from the comfort of my temporary home.
(+) The Pros
- I can eat whenever I want. Fatties unite! It’s more about having the kitchen right here, since I love to cook, and this way, I can keep it 100 and healthy.
- Along those lines, I can stick to my Paleo lifestyle
dietbetter, no office cakes or bagels to avoid! Yes, I’m complaining about free food at the regular office; I’m Silicon Valley startup spoiled.
- I am getting so much work done, I can’t believe it! Apart from meetings, most “support” work can technically be done on your own time. I’ve enjoyed getting a few hours head start before my PST peers are up. Then, after I clear my emails, I can make a nice breakfast and be back online by the time my California friends are getting into work.
- It’s easy to pick my clothes out in the morning and stay organized. This really has to do with minimalism. I packed only one “backpacker” bag and the limited outfit choice is liberating.
(-) The cons
- I’m in a small town and I don’t know what to do with myself on a Friday night. I’ve already read two books and I just got here less than a week ago. While, so far, so good, I think this lifestyle could get lonely, especially so far out of the “main town.” I’m about 1 hour away, which isn’t realistic on evenings. We’ll see how I do during my first weekend, starting tomorrow!
- I’ve already been hit with WiFi connectivity issues. Luckily, things went smoothly over email and Slack, which we use to chat, but it wasn’t strong enough for my many video calls. I’ll have to come up with a backup plan, like a second internet service, or even my ridiculously expensive hotspot from AT&T. Think of alternatives if you can. Sadly for me, I don’t have the luxury of running over to a cafe since I’m technically not even in Medellín proper. No public WiFi here!
- My workout routine is suffering. It pains me to think I’m going on over a week of no exercise. Being a crossfit girl, the idea of doing “body weight stuff” at home, sounds boring. I know it’s better than nothing, but I’m going to look into alternatives like swimming very soon. If it comes to looking like a fool at the local kid’s park, so be it.
- Any new experience is scary. Even going for a run seems risky. New paths, new country; I might get lost. On the plus side, speaking the language will help me on this front.