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Home office vs. office
I work from home for the most part, although I do have a membership at a nearby co-working space I go to once or twice a week when I need a change of scenery. While I do have a home office in the basement of my home, you can usually find me upstairs, sitting on my couch with my laptop doing work there. I work with the TV on, usually tuned to Investigation Discovery, the news, or the history channel. I find music to be distracting, but oddly enough, not TV. I like the background noise
I usually work from the time I wake up (around 10am) till around 1-2am with breaks in between. And I typically work seven days a week. Some days I work a lot, other days, not so much. It all depends on what's going on in my life and how I'm feeling. When I need a break, I take a break. I have that the home/work/life balance is a challenge and takes time to get used to. I absolutely love working from home, but sometimes it's nice to have a change of pace and be around other people – that's when I go to the co-working space or sometimes, a restaurant, coffee shop or bar. I have two dogs and a cat that keep me company and remind me to take breaks.
Working from home is fantastic, but I find that if I have a morning ritual of "going to the office" I'm more productive. Sometimes this is in the form of morning yard work, a quick run, or actually leaving the house to get coffee. When I come back, I've been able to shift my mental perspective from home to work.
Hrant H. Papazian
It doesn't work for all kinds of work, but I think it makes a good fit for the independent type designer. The social thing is definitely a factor. Before the internet, I found it much harder to work at home.
After 50 years of working in a busy office, being home with my family is a pleasure.
As a business side person I need to build my schedule around client need. Yes, I have my own projects and I'm involved on internal projects but the key scheduling factor is when I will be needed for technical, sales and licensing support by clients.
Our clients are all over the world (as is true for most foundries) with only about 45 percent in the US and about half of that 3 time zones away from me. It works out that even though I don't need to work more than 8 hours in a day I need to be available from 7am EST (at the latest) till 8 or 9pm EST. There are gaps in the middle of the day when I'm less needed and a few key times right before various key time zones leave for the day that I need to be especially reachable. I tried to work from an office and it just didn't make sense. I ended up either spending more time there than is healthy or doing most of my work in off hours and just lounging in the office. Working from home allows me to work organic hours as needed and still have a life.
I work in an office. I can't concentrate when I'm at home
I've recently switched to working at home. Has its ups and downs. I find it easier to get work done when I am in a productive mood, but harder to focus when I am tired. Case in point - browsing this forum after I finished my lunch break.
I was offered a stat camera from a long ago employer. I was very tempted. Thought I could use it as a bed, but I worried about it falling through my apartment floor. I did collect a wax mount system and a few choice paper sample books.
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