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Holidays + Home Office = Work

fawn-twins-outside-window.JPGWorking from home has so many advantages, it’s hard to find something to complain about. In fact, the pluses add up to a considerable list.

  1. The commute is short.
  2. The kitchen is close and there are snacks in the pantry.
  3. A leisurely lunch at home with the wife every day.
  4. Starting times can vary, within reason.
  5. A flexible schedule when needed.
  6. The 4:30 break to watch Jeopardy.
  7. Working late doesn’t require being gone from home.
  8. Working in bursts—when the mood hits.
  9. Working weekends doesn’t require another long trip to the office.
  10. No boss looking over your shoulder to see what you’re doing every minute.
  11. Extremely favorable working conditions.
  12. I can take time to stop and smell the roses, if I need to.
  13. I can dive into Google Reader gather news for work … no—really!
  14. I get to write every day, and that’s cool.
  15. I can stop and read a chapter of a Zig Ziglar book for motivation, just when I need it.
  16. My bookshelves are at hand, allowing for the above.
  17. I can see the mail carrier stop at our box, then I can take a short walk out to check it.
  18. Hugs and Kisses without harassment complaints.
  19. Brainstorming on demand with another like mind.
  20. There is no time clock.

But don’t get me wrong, there are a few downsides to working in the next room.

  1. Every time you walk by your desk, you see the work to be done.
  2. Watching TV in the evening, I’m reminded of work to do, and head to the office.
  3. Holidays are just another day.
  4. You’re always at the office.
  5. Too many conversations revolve around the job.
  6. That guilty feeling you get when you take a break and run to town.
  7. Distractions can be hard to resist.
  8. Household chores always press on your time.
  9. You’re never really off work. It’s in the next room.
  10. There is no time clock.

If this were a Ben Franklin chart—Pros on the left, Cons on the right—the pros win hands-down. In fact, the pro list almost typed itself, but I had to work hard for the con list.

All-in-all, it’s the best of both worlds, allowing work and play to merge. Of course, it helps if you like what you do.

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