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Jul 13

“Drifting back over to work” when you work from home.

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Jim Halberg (a co-worker) and I were interviewed by a drunken MBA student on working from home.

I have been a remote worker for ~6 years now. I barely remember what an office is like.

As I think back to the times of my cubes and offices I have some fond memories, and some poor ones.

Working from home can feel lonely sometimes, and you don’t tend to get in as many foozball hours that way. However, that has changed a touch for me recently, as I have had the opportunity to grow a small local team. This gives me the best of both worlds:

  • I get the flexibility and productivity of working from home
  • I get to meet up with collegues when needed to get the benefit from pairing up on tasks

The interesting part of the remote chat was when Jim (who is new to working at home) commented on how:

  • When you work in an office you tend to drift to non-work (e.g. check the baseball scores, your personal email, Read Ajaxian, download… er
  • When you work at home you find that after hours you may be at your computer and find that you drift back to work

It is good to see Jim working so hard ;)

11 Responses to ““Drifting back over to work” when you work from home.”

  1. GB Says:

    I worked from home for 3 months and was complaining that I didn’t have the commute time to “draw the line” and forget about work. I’ve then been transferred to a job that sometimes needs a 2-hour commute. I most definitely miss working from home now :)

  2. Craig S. Cottingham Says:

    I’ve been working from home for about six years, too, and I can’t imagine going back to an office that’s not in my house. I agree about “drifting back to work”. I can’t tell you how many people tell me they couldn’t work from home, for all the distractions — and I can’t convince them that I work *more* now than I ever did in an office environment.

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