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Be sure to cover the webcam lens on your laptop. Never know who from IT is monitoring your home office.
"You are mentally a cat and each post is a red dot from a laser pointer." - MisterSmiley
I work from home 2-3 days a week (Monday and Wednesday, sometimes Friday if I can get away with it) and find that to be ideal. I'm around people enough during the week that I can get done what I need to do face to face and don't lose too much human interaction. But I also get to save on gas/eating out, and can spend a couple days a week avoiding traffic, in sweatpants, playing music out loud, and throwing on the TV whenever I want.
Also working from home on Monday is an awesome way to ease into a work week, especially if you are the type to indulge in a Sunday Funday now and then...
As far as advice, most of the good stuff has already been said. Definitely get a second monitor. Create a work station. Work uninterrupted during your normal work hours and make sure people know them. And definitely do try to get into the office now and then if just so people don't forget about you...
I also like having my personal laptop alongside my work laptop (large desk) - I use that for music and personal web browsing. Although I can see that being screen overload for some people.
I have the flexibility to work from home when I want, provided we aren't in the middle of review teams, and I pretty much HATE it. I do it pretty often because I'm lazy and I don't like waking up before 8am (and I hate the drive)... but I pretty much regret it every time I do it.
I have this constant battle with myself... where I'm either being completely unproductive, watching TV, talking with you people, spankin' it, etc... or I'm working myself to death for 16 hours because I feel like "I'm WORKING from home, I HAVE to be working the entire time!"- Maybe I'm crazy, but I get this feeling of guilt when I work from home and often try to overcompensate.
The best advice in this thread is to define your work hours and stick to it. It's WAY TOO EASY to start doing laundry, clean the house, bullshit with others in the house, exercise, cook, blah blah blah. You'd be surprised how easy it is to preoccupy yourself if you lack the discipline to stick to work related tasks.
Sorry, I'd give more advice, but I have to get back to work
I like working from home when I have to do something that requires being left alone, like writing or editing, or even some basic web production. But I agree that it would be awful to do full-time.
I'd also consider camping out a coffee shop at times to get out of the house.
Interesting you say this - I have to admit I have always been unreasonably judgmental about folks that post up in the coffee shop, however this week being out of town for work for the first time in my career, I kind of get it. On Monday night I was bored and went down to the local Starbucks, grabbed a coffee and posted up and worked for 1.5 or so.
LOVE camping out at the coffee shop, but my laptop just died and I got a desktop. No more coffee shop for work :(
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
WTF wouldn't you get a new laptop? Filthy!
I really want a very easily transportable second monitor. If I had that, I could post up anywhere.
I am a big fan when I have work to do at night or traveling for work and have free time between meetings etc. There is nothing worse then the ass who brings food in from subway or some other smelly crap joint.
There are some good ones out there. I have an acer similar to this one.
usb powered and very slim. Looks like there is one for 99 bucks on amazon that has decent reviews
Umm it's not like I'd be running a daycare. I'd just have my kids home with me. They can't need that much supervision and care, can they?
do you ever do conference calls or speak to people? I would imagine having children running around in the background/making noise would be disconcerning.
One of my partners is considering leasing a small office this summer out at the beach because he has two pre-teen kids and cannot work in the house while they are there.
DeClueless, IMO. Have you ever babysat a toddler?
Let me rephrase. I work from home something like 2 out of the 5 days of the week, and it's the greatest thing ever. I don't think I'd enjoy working from home 100% of the time, but I'd rather do that then have to go to the office 5 days a week.
I work for the Big 4, so alot of people work random days from home, normally afternoons and evenings. Not sure I've ever been on a conference call on a Friday where I didn't hear kids yelling or dogs barking. Work life balance I guess.
You sir, may have just changed my life for the better.
We don't have space for an office in my house, so if I'm working from home, I usually just go to a coffee shop. Way too many distractions at home.
I've been doing this for about six years. I do get out for events here and there, but the vast majority of my work is done here in my window-less basement office. At times, it will turn you into a socially awkward hermit -- I'm often left speechless in face-to-face communications when I can't edit my previous comment or say "LOL" aloud -- and a slob. I'm wearing pajama pants and an adidas basketball warm-up shirt at the moment, for instance.
Definitely make an effort to get out, see people and exercise. I've had long stretches of staying in the office where I began to feel pretty isolated, which isn't fun. I was also clearly ADHD before beginning to work from home, and have found that it's been amplified. And at times I can hear the kids raising holy hell upstairs and feel bad for my wife, and that guilt distracts me from stalking high school kids (working).
That said, for me, the bonuses clearly outweigh the negatives. But if I had a boss breathing down my neck, it might be a wash.
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I work for the federal government so..........LOL. I don't think working from home would ever be an option for me anyway, but I wish it was.
Maybe you need to find a new federal agency to work for. I'm a fed who works at home 2 days/week. A guy I share on office with telecommutes 4 days a week. 2-3 days is good enough for me since I like to interact with people besides my wife and kids more often than just weekends.
Yeah when I worked for a federal agency we could telecommute 1 day a week. It was so great.
I'm down with PAX NAVAIR people and most of them telework multiple days a week.
What kind of work do you guys do for the federal government?
Another great part of working from home is that NSFW means nothing to us.
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