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Re: On Working Remotely
From: David Radcliffe <david () davidradcliffe org>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 12:00:25 -0500

I know many people who can work as you and we all adjust to our setting.  I 
just also know people who gravitate to their distractions and need the wall to 
define work.  It's best for me even though I will work as effectively at 
midnight as in the middle of the day.

I have to say I am impressed.  Working with a 4 year old and 2 month old 
around.  Wow.

On Monday, December 05, 2011 10:40:04 AM Jan Schaumann wrote:

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.


David Radcliffe
Network Engineer/Linux Specialist
david () davidradcliffe org

Nothing ever gets solved better with panic.
If you do not know the answer, it is probably "42."

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