Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Freebie: What I'm Reading in Ten Minutes or Less: Working from Home

As a writer, I've been working from home part time for more than twenty years. But it wasn't until I retired that my home became my office.

There are lots of advantages to working at home (every day is dress-down day), but there are pitfalls as well. In his article, 7 Winning Strategies for Working from Home, Peter Economy offers common sense suggestions that aren't always as easy as they sound. I especially struggle with #7 ("Don't go overboard"), and although I agree with the sentiment behind #1 ("Find your space"), one of the things I enjoy most about working from home is deciding where I want to work. Some days, it's the dining room table. Other days, the sofa in the living room or the family room (a.k.a "the playroom" and "the man cave") becomes my temporary workspace, and some days, I even end up in the office. And, when I've had enough of my home office, I go to my satellite office, a.k.a. Starbucks.
If you work at home, you might find a strategy or two worth trying. And if you don't work at home, but know someone who does, reading it will ensure that you're not one of those people who causes them to break rule #3.

I mean, just because I'm in my pajamas, that doesn't mean I'm not working.


  1. Great article, Lisa! Like you, I've spent many years working from home. (It's part of why I love my PT Starbucks job - it forces me out of the house!) Also like you, though, sometimes I need to move around at home (office to sofa to living area, etc.) for a change of scenery. Thanks for sharing this one!

  2. Thanks, Cerella! I've read a few of Peter's articles -- he does a nice job! Moving around during the day when no one's home also makes me more flexible when people are here and I HAVE to move/adjust.