Start Us Up Now: America’s New Business Plan is an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based philanthropy that works in the fields of education and entrepreneurship. Kauffman and Alley worked together to rapidly design and launch a site to disseminate the particulars of the policy plan, support a targeted communications campaign in several states, and garner support from organizations who can join the Start Us Up Now coalition through the site.
This is one of an ongoing series of short posts giving our team members the opportunity to share their feelings on remote work – a vital part of Alley’s culture.
What’s your favorite part about remote work?
I love not having to commute to an office because it frees up so much more of my time. Even when you love your job, knowing that you are wasting close to two hours a day in travel will put a bad taste in your mouth.
What’s your biggest challenge? How have you worked through it?
My biggest challenge has been setting boundaries for myself during the workday to make sure I stay on task. I am prone to saying “I will just do this one thing then get back to work” then the next thing I know, I have deep cleaned my entire apartment. I try to reward myself for completing tasks – so if I finish a work task, I can take 5 minutes to do a home task. I just have to be honest with myself about the time required for certain things and be strict about leaving the big stuff for later.
What do you wish you knew when you started working remotely?
I wish I knew how important it is to have your home space set up – meaning, having all the tools you need in place and having a space carved out that is only for work. When physical work space and life space bleed together, it makes your mental work space and life space bleed together which I find hard to overcome.
Kelsey Locotos is our People and Operations Coordinator.