Behind the scenes: Week 1, day 3 of being a part-time, remote employee

Updated: Apr 5

Original post on Linkedin.


My first week part-time. How is it going?

In all honesty… mixed. I knew it would be an adjustment, but I am starting to understand just what I need to shift about myself in order to make this work.

I have been working for Culture Amp now for nearly 4 years. I love what I do and the people I work with. But I want to have a bigger impact helping people. And to have a lot more freedom of both time and money. So back in December I made a commitment to myself - to make 2021 a year to go all-in. Try new things, experiment, make mistakes, and grow in a massive way.

Since then, I’ve built a business. Made my biggest financial investments so far in hiring a copywriter, joining a business accelerator program, and fulfilling an all-time dream: to have my own company-branded Keep Cups 😉 (I’m lowkey obsessed with the design of these Aussie coffee cups. I use mine every day).

And this week, my biggest risk so far is becoming real: moving to part-time, 2.5 days a week. I know this will give me the time and headspace I need to build a business in a sustainable way and avoid burning out. It also feels risky, a little disconcerting, and a tad isolating.

Stepping outside of the 9 to 5 isn’t easy. In fact on Day 1 of my new part-time role I spent 2 hours doing emails and admin (that really could have waiting until my next working day).

I’m still learning. My focus at the moment is:

  • Giving myself permission to switch off from one role when I’m working on the other

  • Undoing some of my conditioning around being “available” and “responsive”

  • Being more decisive about what I want to get done and the impact I can have in the time. Rather than focusing on what I think I “should” be doing.

  • Not procrastinating the hard things.

The payoff is pretty awesome though. Not a bad backyard from my Wednesday morning! ☀️

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