On Working Remotely

David Radcliffe david at davidradcliffe.org
Mon Dec 5 11:00:25 CST 2011


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.
> 
> -Jan

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David Radcliffe
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