I work from home. Have for several years – but it’s only recently that the drawbacks may be starting to outweigh the benefits.
First, the benefits: saves gas (we could probably, if we had to, get by with one car); saves commute time and allows me more time with my family; the office A/C, food options, dress code, and music are all under my control.
The downside is: I don’t have a proper home office.
My current office is in a nook that is off the main living area (separated by a bi-fold door that is not very noiseproof) and located en route to the laundry room – and let me tell you, with three small children, “noise” and “trips to/from the laundry room” are a constant, and it is KILLING my productivity. Even more than OT does. I need uninterrupted time to think.
Plus, while I’ve developed the lightning-strike reflexes of a coked-up cobra, to handle muting my phone during conference calls (otherwise, I’m sure the police and/or CPS would have shown up already – did you know that toddlers scream a LOT, and often randomly for no discernible logical reason? Fun fact), it’s sending my stress levels through the roof.
We’ve been house-hunting for something that meets our needs a little better, but are having trouble finding anything in our price range that has all the features we want (and we want a lot).
(I suppose I could always start going back into the offi..nah, that’s just crazy talk.)
So it’s looking like I may move out to the shed.
That’s not quite as grim as it sounds. The shed is actually a custom-built woodframe structure that can be insulated/drywalled/finished out and electrified pretty easily.
It’s got a small window – the view from it will be mostly a stucco wall and some ferns, but at least there will be some sunlight.
Slap a small wall-unit A/C in there, get some wi-fi signal to it, and I’ll be good to go.
It’ll be pretty small – about 6′ x 8′.
Which is about the size of a walk-in closet or an office cubicle (or a prison cell).
But unlike the latter two, it will be blessedly QUIET.
Where do y’all work? Got any annoying officemates? Got a good workspace story, or a terrible one?
Sound off in comments.
(Captain Ryan is not allowed to contribute to this discussion or we make him walk the plank, that smug suntanned so-and-so.)