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Re: On Working Remotely
From: Jan Schaumann <jschauma () netmeister org>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 10:40:04 -0500
David Radcliffe <david () davidradcliffe org> wrote:
I do have to say to anyone planning to work from home, make sure you have a
proper work space.
For whatever it's worth:
I have been working from home for the last 3.5 years. I live in
Manhattan in a one-bedroom with a 4 year and now a 2 months old
daughter, meaning I work on my laptop in the middle of the livingroom
with all my life around me.
I context-switch a lot; I put down the laptop to read my daughters a
story or play for a few minutes, I go shopping, cook etc. But: when I
go to visit the office (about once a quarter or so), I wonder how on
earth my colleagues get any work done. They are constantly interrupted,
asked to have coffee, lunch, breakfast, a snack, go for a walk and just
chew the fat.
Yes, I work a lot at night and on the weekends. That is the one thing
that people who do not work from home are not aware of: you have no more
distinction between "home" and "office", which usually means that when
I'm home, I'm working.
I could see how having a "home office" with a closed door could create
this impression of "going to the office" and "coming home", but I don't
find it either desirable nor (in Manhattan) practical.
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