This isn’t a “You’ve cat to be kitten me” situation. My house hates me right now. It’s 60 degrees in my house, and my heating and air conditioning unit can’t be worked on until the weather gets better. This has inspired me to share some things you should consider when working from home with you.
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Working from home is supposed to be awesome, and it is… most of the time. It’s your home, and it’s your office, and things are supposed to be exactly how you want them to be. That is, until things completely out of your control ruin your tranquil work space.
My tranquil workspace has been ruined this week because my house is freezing. I’ve already had the heating and air conditioning company come out twice this week. They’re going to have to come again to diagnose the hole that’s causing my freon to leak out of my heating and air unit. Unfortunately, they can’t do that until the weather is good enough. Otherwise, it’s an OSHA violation.
Thankfully, I work from home. It’s not like I have to tell work “Sorry, I can’t come in today. I have to let in the heating and air guy.” I’m already home, so the tech can come at any time to do the repairs. That’s both a good and a bad thing. That means that, while your home and they’re in your house, you’re probably not getting much done. Same goes for the cable guy, and any other person that performs services at your house.
Taking that one step further, if you’re at home and someone knocks on your door, you kinda feel compelled to answer it. It’s usually UPS or Fedex, but still. My advice is to just ignore the knock on your door or the doorbell, unless you know someone is on their. Your productivity is more important.
Then there’s your pets. You might think working from home and having your pets with you is a great idea. Under normal circumstances, it is. That is unless you have a pet that is sick, completely co-dependant, or they talk back. If I lock my cats out of my office and hop on a conference call, they will cry. I’ll have my headphones in, with a mic, and the people on my conference call will be like… “is that a cat?”.
After rearranging my office, I’ve embraced having them in the office and have given them spaces to hang out with me while not being intrusive. That way, they’re not yelling at me to let them in and interrupting my conference call or screen-share. The same principle goes for your dog or any other animal that you have in your house. Your pets are wonderful companions, until they are a distraction and stop you from working.
I will always advocate for working from home, but this week has been particularly rough. At the very least, I hope you found this both informational and entertaining.
If you have any great work from home stories, I want to hear/see them, so please comment below or tag me on social media. Thanks for reading.