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Name, job title, and location?
My name is Shey and I’m a Finance Specialist at Bunny Studio I live in Montevideo, Uruguay.
How long have you worked remotely?
For over 6 years, since March 2012.
Is Bunny Studio the first remote company you’ve worked for?
What does a typical workday look like for you?
Ooh yes, okay. So, I keep a quite strict work schedule. I have a son, Sammy, so organizing my work and my non-work time well is a priority.
I start work at 10 am. Sammy is at home then, so I work on things that take less intense focus — answering emails, that sort of thing. Sometimes Sammy needs my attention, and that’s okay. My husband is also around during the day, so we split the responsibility of looking after him in the morning.
My husband and I take Sammy to daycare just before 1 pm. I look forward to this all day! I love taking him to daycare, as it’s an opportunity for us to have family time and bond. We also walk there if it’s good weather, as it’s nice to be outside in the fresh air. While he’s at daycare, between 1 pm and 5 pm, I do my most focused work. Financial things, meetings… basically anything that needs my full, uninterrupted attention.
At 5 pm, I pick up Sammy from daycare. He loves daycare and tells me all about his time there during the walk back. We get home and I finish up any last tasks that need completing by 6 pm.
After work, time is family time, so I keep my computer closed after 6 pm. It can be hard, sometimes, to keep that separation between work and the rest of my life. Now that Sammy’s around though, that after-work time is even more precious. He is always my first priority.
What does your workspace look like?
Ah, let me show you!
[Shey picks up her laptop, the world blurs as the camera spins around, and then a desk comes into focus.]
My work desk is in the hall just outside my bedroom. Look, you can see my bed!
[The world blurs again and a bed comes into view through a doorway. In front of the doorway are a bookshelf and some paintings hanging on the wall.]
I keep my books here and…
[The world blurs one more time, then comes to rest on the desk again. There’s another bookshelf next to it.]
Here. I just got a new desk, too. It’s got a photo of New York City printed on it. At first, I thought that photo might be too distracting, but I’m loving it!
So, yeah, this is where I work. At this desk, with my laptop, surrounded by books and art. Sometimes, when Sammy’s home, I work standing up at the kitchen counter, but I’m mostly at this desk. It’s my comfortable, safe space, you know?
I basically just work from home, or from my sister’s house. I don’t think I’ve ever worked from a cafe or a co-working space. I’m a homebody, what can I say? I like having my own self-contained workspace.
How does working remotely benefit you?
Oof, in so many ways. Especially now that I have Sammy, I appreciate working remotely even more. I’ve been able to be with him since birth. His mom is always around, you know? I get to see my baby grow up, hear his first words… it’s such a fantastic benefit. If I worked in an office, I don’t know how we would cope, not being able to be together most of the day, every day.
If you’re a parent, working remotely… it’s so wonderful, I’m telling you. It’s such a privilege.