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.

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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