Thursday, July 20, 2006

Working From Home

Well, the third world nation that is my office building was without power today. It was a scheduled outage to fix some things associated with the air conditioner. They said the power would be out from 9:00 to 11:00, but of course no one with any sense believed that. From the emails I got, it looks like the work began around 10:30 and power wasn’t restored until 3:30.

Good thing I can work from home!

What’s kind of scary is how much more I can get done at home than at the office, at least when I’ve got data-intensive projects going on. I finished one project that had been dragging on for awhile, and completed a new one that I had said probably wouldn’t be ready before Monday. But hey, with no phone ringing and no other distractions, I was able to dive right in and get it knocked out.

We expect to have no other a/c or power-related problems tomorrow, and with these two projects off my plate, it ought to be a good day for catching up on the types of little things that really can’t be done from home. Nice.

I’m beginning to think that I should work from home more often, at least when I have big projects to complete. I got more done at home today than in a typical day of workplace distractions, and this was in spite of going for a morning run, taking down some trash, taking some things to the dry cleaners (located here at my apartment complex), doing the laundry and loading the dishwasher. Of course, I also didn’t have to open doors for people, take phone calls or deal with people dropping by my office distracting me with random questions and chit-chat. Sometimes my boss calls me half a dozen times in the space of an hour, and it completely wrecks my concentration. Nothing like that here at home!

So I’m feeling a little spoiled tonight, wishing I could spend Friday at home too, and start things fresh on Monday. But I guess I’ll just be grateful for the little break that I got. I should learn not to complain so much about working in an old building on leased property off campus. Sometimes it really does pay off!

Recent Workouts
Monday: 30 minute elliptical
Tuesday: 6 mile run
Thursday: 6 mile run


LauraHinNJ said...

Wish I could work from home! I;m so distracted by all the people who think work is a social activity! Plus, I could have bunny company at home.

Andy said...

I am jealous! I used to be a financial advisor and know I am actually working in the bank, so I know what it is like to work from home. Granted I took a hit on my cellphone for a little while until I could expense it. I could work out early in the morning. Now working out early means 4:30 in the morning, which I am not too exicted about, so it does not happen too often. I think it is great that you have that capability, and that it can complement your training.

Jill said...

You are so lucky!! My boss would have us in-house 24/7 if she could, when 90% of our work could be done from home!!

Vickie said...

I came across your blog looking for another and what caught my eye was the bunny. I think I might have seen your comments on others' before too. Anyway, nice reading.