Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Working from home the easy way

On Monday, the first day back from two week's holidays, when I was going to hit the ground running to complete my April freelance goals, I spent the day in bed.

Didn't count on getting sick, did I?

But it was a good lesson. While it's important to plan ahead and set goals, you have to leave a little room for the uncertain and the unpredictable and good old bad luck, and not get too cut up about it when things don't go your way.

On Tuesday I was feeling better but although I had a dirty house, which could wait another day, I had a backlog of laundry that couldn't. Plus I was already behind on one of my self-imposed work deadlines.

My husband decided to work from home for the day, and it's amazing how much work both of us got done. Working from home is a breeze when you have a like-minded partner.

He was able to work hard, uninterrupted by work collegues passing by his desk, unnecessary phone calls, and the lure of a downstairs cafe.

I worked hard, partly because I felt bad not to when he was right behind me at the kitchen table, industriously tapping away in the quiet of the house and taking the odd important phone call.

We even managed to have a lunch date (just takeaway Pho from the local Vietnamese restaurant at our kitchen table but we rarely eat alone together so it felt like a date!) and get three loads of laundry washed and dried.

I don't know exactly what he got done, but I wrote the article I wanted to have done, did some planning for the rest of the month, wrote a book review and began a second book review before I was ordered to have a nap!

We even got all the laundry put away, kitchen cleaned and lunches for the next day made before the kids' bedtime, so I chilled out on the sofa and watched Survivor guilt-free.

That was pretty much my perfect work-from-home day, but mainly because my husband was around, doing the same thing, which is rare.

So I think a trick for working successfully from home is to take the good days with the bad.

There's no point getting too stressed when an unproductive day, or even a whole week, comes up which is beyond your control.

All you can do is to make the most of the good days when they come, which they inevitably will.

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  1. Hieee....

    I hope that you get better soon and you are absolutely right... make the best of what we have....

  2. Oh Marilyn,

    It is the pits being sick while pregnant.

    I am glad your hubby was able to work from home and help you get your house back in order.

    I have just completed a new schedule for this term at home. I have learnt with the previous terms that we need to have a time that I have nothing planned. We will use that time for catch up on work that hasn't been done and needs to be done.

  3. Your day actually sounds pretty wonderful! I am home from work today, just feeling run down. Child at daycare. Laying in bed, drinking coffe, laptop on lap, cat sleeping beside me, some hot man being interviewed by Rachel Ray. Bliss.

  4. That sounds like one great day - laundry done, hubby home, loads of work checked off the 'to do' list AND lunch.

    Idyllic. I hope you're all better now!

  5. I am just getting over a tummy bug or something but thankfully it only seems like a 24 hour thing and bub did not get sick. Having an infant and been sick was tough.

    I can only imagine how tough it is while pregnant with three other kids and deadlines to worry about too.

    I have super unproductive days sometimes and then other days I get 3 times as much done as I had planned so I guess it evens out? Hope you are much better soon!

    I am also thinking of getting into some freelancing so I can work from home and care for bub at the same time. Is interesting to read your journey.

  6. Thanks for the sympathy Mum2eight, I'm feeling better but it's taking ages cause I'm really not getting the rest I need. Busy time of year with our kids' birthdays and Easter and all.

    That WAS a good day though Kristy and Warsaw Mommy.

    Glad you're feeling Lulu and your baby seemed to miss it! Tell me what you'd like to know about freelancing, and maybe I've got some relevant experience to share (you never know!).

  7. I've been sick for the last couple of days too - just a bad cold - nothing too serious - but serious enough that I haven't been working (apart from responding to the odd e-mail). It's officially the first time I've ever enjoyed being sick. House is clean. Laundry is done. Lots of quality time with the toddler. What's not to love?


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