Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lessons from working at home

My day was a little like this but with less hardwood floors and fire hazards.
I mentioned yesterday that we were supposed to get a lot of snow overnight. Well, the snowpocalypse missed us - we got about six inches. But we don't have my new car yet, so today would have been another ten-hour day for me. Luckily, I have a job that's flexible enough for me to work from home once in a while. I brought home a bunch of stuff yesterday and spent my day working from the kitchen table. Here's what I learned:
  • My house is cold. We keep it at 65°, which is fine when we're snuggled under some blankets on the couch, but way too cold when you're in the kitchen trying to edit.
  • My dog's life is pretty decent. He spent the whole day on the couch, sleeping. Only a slight departure from his usual weekend routine of spending all day sleeping on the floor.
  • It's a lot harder to focus on reading legal stuff when you're watching Bones or The Office
  • Don't try to run the dishwasher when you're sitting right next to it trying to read.
  • If I don't go outside for at least a few minutes, I get a headache. 
  • I would be terrible at being self-employed. I barely talked myself out of baking cookies midafternoon. Deciding factor: I was pretty sure the butter would be too hard, even at room temperature.
Do any of you work from home? How do you deal with impulse control? Anyone get more snow than I?

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