“How do you like working at home?” …”in Mexico City?”
Like everything in life, it has its pros and cons.
– No commute, except the 8-second walk from bedroom to home office. (8 with coffee, 20 without).
– Dog is always available for petting.
– I can listen to music and sing along very loudly.
– I can control the room temperature to my exact needs. No more frozen toes.
– No one can see the faces I make at them.
– I am learning amazing self-discipline skills because I want to keep receiving a paycheck.
– I can wear PJs and not brush my teeth (*see cons).
– I can run errands relatively easy (*see cons).
– I can talk to myself (*see cons) and no one thinks it’s crazy.
Pros (Mostly) Exclusive to Working at Home in Mexico City
– This is one of the quirkiest and kookiest places on earth, so it’s never boring, even when I’m just watching la gente from my desk in my 5th-floor apartment.
– I can watch hummingbirds year-round.
– My view consists of palm trees, many entertaining pedestrians and hot pink, orange and royal blue houses.
– I can eat tacos al pastor and tortas for lunch.
– Year-round highs of 70-75 degrees and lows of 55-60 degrees (for the most part except the winter).
– Several cafes in my neighborhood have wireless, if I get tired of the home office.
– I am just a few steps from a very well-maintained park.
– I can afford domestic help to clean up the mess (*see cons exclusive to Mexico)
– Occasionally there are marimba musicians who know more songs than “Cielito Lindo” (*see cons exclusive to Mexico)
– No lunches or happy hours with co-workers.
– I don’t really control my own schedule, since I have to keep the schedule of both my co-workers in NYC and my husband (no escape from the alarm clock — I really think “working at home” should come with an obligatory policy of no alarm clocks).
– If I am not careful, I can easily miss out on learning new work concepts/tasks that can’t easily be conveyed over the phone or online.
– It feeds an addiction to Facebook and email, since they’re sometimes my only human interaction.
– Meaning, at times, working at home is incredibly lonely. Some workdays I only leave the house to walk the dog and take out the trash.
– But those workdays are better than the workdays I have to buy groceries (I hate small, cramped grocery stores like hell-on-earth Superama in Condesa).
– The dog sometimes wants more attention than I want to give
– I still get carpal tunnel
– I don’t have peer pressure to keep me from doing things I normally wouldn’t do in an office, like drink from the milk carton
– *I worry I now talk to myself too much when people are around
– *Because I’m at home, I get “honey-do’s” that I normally wouldn’t get asked to do.
– *I have no real need to shower, meaning sometimes I don’t.
Cons (Mostly) Exclusive to Working at Home in Mexico City
– Car alarms randomly going off all day that make me contemplate the limits of my sanity, and propensity for criminal behavior.
– “No solicitation” is not a concept here. People ring the doorbell for random, bullshit reasons at least four times a day.
– Working in English all day is incredibly counter-productive to learning Spanish.
– Hard to order office supplies when you don’t know the words for them. Or the needed words to make phone calls to complain about crappy internet wirless service (I’m talking to you, Cablevision).
– *I end up worrying my domestic help thinks I’m crazy when I laugh at a funny IM or email from a co-worker. Or when I’m editing something particularly graphic (I edit health information). Or when I use Skype and look like I’m talking to my computer.
– *Hearing “Cielito Lindo” everyday because most of the street musicians refuse to play anything else.