5 Lessons I Learned From My Cat as a Work at Home Woman

5 Things I Learned From My Cat As A Work At Home WomanBy Cham Cuartero

It was an ordinary Monday morning, the word ordinary being loosely used. I was half-awake and begrudgingly alternating between creating my to-do list for the day, and sipping my black coffee. I had my computer switched on, ready to work, when a calico-patterned blur of an apparition hopped on my table. She slowly inched her way to my laptop, gingerly folded her legs, made a couple of turns, and then finally laid down and closed her eyes to the world. And to her befuddled “mother”, the idea for this post was born.

Work at home professionals come in all shapes, sizes, specializations, and specific life situations. The possibilities and variations may be endless, but there are some things common among us. The lessons we pick up from our daily lives, I believe, are definitely worth sharing with others.

As I passed my second year of being a work at home writer, I have compiled a few nuggets which have been useful for me in my career. I’d like to share them with you, because I know that some of the simplest, most under-appreciated practices are a delight to be reminded of.

1. Follow Your Instincts.

Our friend, Merriam Webster defines instinct as “a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity”. All creatures have it – plants, animals, and humans. The major difference for us, people, is that our decision making process is commonly driven by reason and logic. Based on every situation we face in our respective jobs, we should make it a point to follow the call to do what is right because in more instances than not it is something which will always “feel” right, after weighing all options. Like following your instinct to get up in the morning and NOT hit the alarm’s snooze button for the nth time. Yes, that’s one call that we should all answer, especially when you use a hungry cat as an alarm clock in the morning.

2. Keep Calm and Take a Nap.

As work at home professionals, our brains and our bodies top the list of the tools and equipment which are most useful, no matter what the job. Because of this, it is a must to keep these two in tip-top shape at all times, lest your entire career and business (and you!) collapse, literally and figuratively. Taking regular breaks is important in order to keep all systems running efficiently. My cat takes a five-hour nap in the middle of the day, dropping everything else. While I know I don’t have such a huge luxury, I think I can be happy with taking a 20-minute nap after lunch or in the afternoon, just to freshen up my brain cells.

3. When All Else Fails, Groom Yourself.

Our moods are directly affected by our sensory perceptions. Whatever you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch will have an effect on how you feel the rest of the day. What better way to brighten up your day than by making sure that your only office-mate (YOU) is a pleasant experience for the sight. Some say that power-dressing, even if you work from your dining table, helps a lot. For stingy ones like me though, starting the day with a bath, slapping on some lip gloss, and wearing a huge smile, caffeine-induced or otherwise, are enough to start my engine. Boy, Arya must be shaking her head at my lack of self care!

4. Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You.

We have our sets of clients and bosses. We all have to admit, they pay our bills and it’s something worth taking note of, especially in handling conflicts with them which cannot be prevented 100%. I’m not saying that we should take abuse from them just because we’re afraid of losing potential income. Sometimes we encounter differences in opinion which can effect working relationships. It is perfectly okay to express your views on certain matters, but make sure that you do not impose. Make suggestions, but never be rude and never argue. It will not only diminish your paycheck significantly, but it can also ruin your professional image.

5. All Work and No Play Makes a Dull Kitty.

While 20-minute daily power naps can be truly satisfying, it is also important for work at home women to take a day off sometime during the week. If a whole day is not possible, at least a couple of hours spent away from your desk, hopefully outside your home will suffice. After all, work may take up a huge portion of your life and your time but it also pays to take a step back, reflect, smell the roses, and appreciate other things which make your life a beautiful and fulfilling experience.

Being a work at home woman is not a walk in the park. Countless times, it has been said that it isn’t for everyone and it takes a special kind of discipline and character. Nevertheless, there will always be ways one can improve in her craft. And it’s always very nice to find tips in our daily life situations when we least expect them.

Cham Cuartero is a freelance writer from Davao City, Philippines and writing has been her passion ever since she was a little girl. She loves documenting her weird adventures as a wife to her husband, a slave to her cat Arya, and the official feeder to their dog Chongkee. Take a peek into her blog, Eat Ur Banana.

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