The notion of working from home is a powerful one. We all want to do it. I want to do it. I want to avoid that commute and get away from all those distractions in the office. At home, no one is asking, “Do you have a minute?” That “minute” ends up taking an hour.
When I work from home I get all settled in for grinding it out. I am Mr. Productivity. Then the doorbell rings and it is either the UPS guy or an Amazon delivery. Wonder what that could be. Then the dog needs to go out for a long walk. Hey, there is that magazine I’ve been looking for. And what’s for lunch?
During the conference call, the dog starts barking and the others on the call start asking questions. “What’s that noise?” “Is there a dog on the call?” I chime in, “Whoever is with that dog, please put your phone on mute.”
Then it’s time to deal with the tech equipment because all of a sudden there is no Internet connection and I need to get that presentation out and there is no one to help. I am on hold with tech support.
Now it’s time to pick up the kids at school. Having them at home will help me focus.
Working at home can be a real boon to productivity.