Catherine Ritchie

Work For You

Work for you - how to work from home.

Since finishing university, I have decided to pursue my passion in life. I set up meetings with interesting people, gained different perspectives and tried to pave the path I wanted for myself. Sometimes its left me feeling even more confused and feeling lost with no direction. But that’s ok. I’m learning.

Over the last few years I have learnt more and more about myself and the way I work. I know I need to be challenged because I enjoy learning. I decided I needed a project, something to focus my energy on. So, I sat myself down and wrote a plan. Anyone out there obsessed with lists, diaries, colour coordination? Yep, me too.

I decided a few things: to launch this site, present my thesis research findings to an audience, read more and explore my employment options. Firstly, I didn’t know how I wanted my website to look, but my favourite colour has always been orange and my auburn hair is something that has always made me stand out from others. So, I figured that was a good place to start. I have also learnt that sometimes it’s not about perfection, it’s about getting it out there into the world.

Secondly, I haven’t presented anything in a very long time, so I thought it might be an interesting challenge to throw myself in at the deep end. The presentation went really well, and has since led to new opportunities.

Lastly, I needed to begin a new learning journey. I knew that in order to pursue the career I wanted, I needed to pave my own path. That means reading, going to events, talking to people and doing all that you can to break out on your own.


In my endeavour to pave my path, I had to get used to working from home every day. Here is what I have learnt:

1. Give yourself office hours that work for you

  • Consider your daily routine and commitments (Kids? Pets? Family?)
  • Think about when might be best to communicate with others (Clients? Colleagues?)
  • Schedule regular breaks and a lunch hour to give yourself room to process and breathe

2. A change of scenery can go a long way

  • Often a shift in scenery can help free up your mind
  • You never know who’ll you’ll meet out there
  • You never know what inspiration might hit you in a different setting

3. Pat yourself on the back

  • Recognise your achievements because no one else is going to tell you ‘good job’

4. Regular exercise

  • Healthy body, healthy mind – it’s not a lie

Once again, do what works for you, there is no set path. We must do what we can to build a future for ourselves, follow our passions and learn.

Copyright Catherine Ritchie 2018