Neehar (my co-founder & husband) and I quit our day jobs a while back to work on Shoutt. We’re currently bootstrapping and therefore work from home. It’s pretty much the ideal situation - we save on rent, minimal expenses, no car, etc. But we soon starting noticing the downsides - lesser social interactions, lower daily activity, and the lack of need to wear anything other than our pajamas. (Well, actually the last point is both a plus and a minus)
Now, we like to measure everything. Two years of being around our Grumpy CTO has taught us that. Consequently, all three of us use the Nike Fuel Band to measure our daily activity.
Our biggest realization after quitting was that our daily activity had cut down to nearly half of what it used to be. The difference came from working at home vs going to work.
Here’s what a month of working at Oracle looks like:
Here’s what a month of bootstrapping form home looks like:
Turns out that getting ready, driving to work, walking around, meeting people, and attending meetings adds up to quite a bit of activity. Energy spent working from an office with no gym = Energy spent working from home + 1 hr of running.
I know we live a sedentary life, but now we need to work out twice as much just because we’re bootstrapping and work from home!
P.S - Neehar & I got married on Jan 6th and spent the last week of Dec preparing for it. Here’s what a week of wedding preparation looks like: