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Work from home does not always work

Yesterday I accomplished nothing..nada..zilch. And I needed to pull a 16 hour solid work day. I am the world’s biggest advocate of telecommuting and working from home. However, I will warn that if you are going to work from home, you must accept that there will be days that nothing gets done because the family will get in the way or you will be too distracted or emergencies come up. The list of reasons could go on but you will have the occasional day that might as well be considered a mental health day. Mine was yesterday. I have no explanation and no excuses as Tuesday is typically one of my most productive days of the week.

When these days happen, I recommend not fighting them. All that does is raise the level of stress to debilitating heights and worsens matters. Accept the day. Roll with it. Let clients know that deliverables will be delayed. Then pull some extra hours the next day and night and/or the weekend.

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Why I like getting up at 2am

Between 2am and 6am I can knock out a bunch of work! No phones ring. Even the dogs don’t need walking. Since I got up at 2am and have been diligent in my work, when Cathy woke with a migraine this morning, I was able to send her back to bed and move my work upstairs. Being upstairs with one eye on the children and one eye on the screen slows me down a little but conceptually I could take 4 hours off (realistically I need to keep pounding keys hard and fast) but the stress is off. I don’t think I could do this from an office.