Saturday, September 25, 2010

home office

I'm busy hanging homemade prayer flags, evil baby faces and other choice pieces for my own entertainment. A small portion of my studio is undergoing conversion to be my day job workstation. I have two design walls in the studio and I will taking over the vertical one to hang an ever changing gallery of "things to eyeball" as I've elected to not move my beloved stitching chair away from the big, east facing window since most of my scheduled working hours will be after dark anyway.

As soon as the Comcast tech can get out here to yank some wires around I can bring the equipment home and get on with the Wild World of Telecommuting and it can't come too soon. Working in the training room has been HELL.

Right now, I'm off to Fry's to price and measure  a slide out tray for my keyboard and buy a couple of my favorite Yankee Candle stinkers - sage + citrus.  If any of my readers have experience with working (for the man) from home, any and all comments and advice would be appreciated.

I've already resolved to get properly dressed each day and even put on a spot of makeup.  I imagine a lot of people envision telecommuters as legless, hairless huge jelly bags stuck to their chairs and unable to function as normal human beings. I did until I met a few. I don't want to slip any further into sloth.  More on all this as I discover it.


4 comments:

arlee said...

OMG the horridatious babyface i love--and the feather brained bums at the end too!!!!

tiedyejudy said...

I had the good fortune to be allowed to take problem calls from home when I worked for the local Gas Works in L.A. Saved me from having to get dressed and drive 12 miles in the middle of the night when one of my programs took a dump! I really loved being able to debug the problem in my jammies! I also have a friend who is a contract programmer in N. Dakota, working 60 hours a week for a company in Calif. It's doable, and I'm with you... those extra hours you don't have to commute are priceless! Hope it works well for you!

Patty said...

I ran an online bead store from home with
my husband for several years and can offer a few suggestions;

Keep the online job in one area of your house. If it migrates partly to the kitchen, den etc it can feel like work is taking over your
home.

I like your idea of doing something to signal the beginning and end of the work "day". And make sure the job doesn't leak into your Home Time. Time boundaries are important.

Set employer phone call boundaries (to yourself) and honor them. A good employer will
honor them too but you may have to do a little reminding.

Take breaks during your work. Walk outside, take lunch away from the computer, give yourself time away
from the job just like you were in
an office.

Let your family and friends know that you work from this time to that. It's amazing how folks who'd never think to call you at work feel free to call to chat when you work at home.

You are so lucky to work from home!
Looking forward to sharing your adventures...

Patty said...

Oh! I forgot this one...get a separate phone line with a different number.