No, I haven’t had big weekend – quite the contrary.
I was recently a little ill. Having managed to pick up a head cold in one of the hottest countries in the world, my week looked like this:
Monday: wander back and forth between the computer and the couch being entirely unproductive (and make yourself feel worse by not resting up) Tuesday: spend most of the day in bed, feeling sorry for oneself (and constantly check BlackBerry to make sure world has not suddenly disappeared) Wednesday: repeat Tuesday Thursday: repeat Monday
By Friday I was almost back on track, but the week was over. And because I felt so guilty for being sick all week, I spent the following weekend working.
You see, working from a home office is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand you have the flexibility to attend to everyday tasks (such as attending appointments or running errands). It almost sounds glamorous to be able to pop out for a coffee or go to the gym in the middle of the day.
On the other hand it means that you never leave work. Ever. There is always something to be done. It is so tempting to just jump online and check your email or do a quick bit of marketing, even when you are ill.
The worst part is that I have double standards on the whole issue. Heaven forbid if my partner sits at home checking his emails or taking business calls. I’m straight onto him about shutting off from work and relaxing when he’s not there. But of course I don’t apply the same rules to myself.
So here’s what I’ve learnt about working from home – time management is essential and boundaries must be set, because flexibility can sometimes lead to overstretching.