I decided to take the day off of work today, to stay home and see what it would be like if I were to work from home every day. It was pure bliss until about 10:30. I woke up at 8am. Made some tea and an English muffin and was at my computer by 8:15 happily typing away. I have just gotten a new web content writing job, so I was spending some time trying to figure out their templates and getting my first few articles together. About 10:30 is when it started to go a little downhill. I think that is what time people assumed that I was awake.
First work called with a question. I had to practice self control and not yell into the phone, “I took the day off!” Next a friend called wanting me to meet her for lunch. Okay, that sounded nice, but not a habit I should get into as a freelance writer starting out with little pay and a lot of work to get done. Then my mom called, four times to be exact. She thought she left her straightener on and since I was home, could I swing by her house and check. Really?!? My husband, god love him, called to see if I could stop by and pick up something to take to a dinner we are going to tonight. And finally, the dogs who, mind you can go for a whole eight hour day without going outside seemed to be sitting by the back door every half hour to be let out. Just because I am home does that mean their bladder shrinks?
I’m starting to see where this is leading. Apparently working from home translates into I have all the time in the world to do other things. I now realize, just from trying this one day that I am going to have to set firm guidelines with people about what working from home means: It means I actually have to work.
Not that the whole day was a total waste. Once I reassured my mom her house wasn’t on fire and silenced my phone I was able to get a lot of work done. I happily turned in two articles, claimed some more, did some edits on another article, worked on a creative piece I’m submitting for a book and looked on some job boards. All in all, it was a pretty good day and it has made me want to quit my full-time job even more. Plus, now I know I have to either never tell people I’m working from home or more realistically tell people my requirements when I work from home.
I look forward to practicing this again soon!