I read a blog recently from Flying Solo about working from home. After telecommuting for some time and juggling multiple part time jobs and a business, it made me think about my approach to working from home and the integration of work and life.
I know someone who gets ready for work, walks out the door, checks their mail box and then returns ready to go to “work”. I also know someone who makes a point of doing their “work at work, not at home”. I haven’t always had that choice, and actually enjoy the ability to do my work from where I want and (generally) when I want).
The Flying Solo blog specifically talked about working in your bathrobe. I don’t want to create a scary visual here, but my typical day working from home will be having a cup of tea and checking emails in my PJs. Then I get dressed and get into the real work. The only drawback I have discovered so far is the web camera!
I don’t mind this intrusion into my morning breakfast, I find it good time to do the tasks that require less thinking like this. The same goes for a bit of tinkering at night – I typed up some notes last night that I had been meaning to do for a week (just a simple typing job, no thought involved), while watching South Park.
I think this is the way that the “always on” digital generation will tend to work. The only drawback is knowing when to “switch off”.