||[May. 14th, 2007|10:48 pm]
Working at home is:
1. Getting up at 6am and spending two hours working, then
2. Working out and taking a long hot bath, then
3. Making calls to the court and straightening out an issue, then
4. Taking a walk, then
5. Putting together documents and driving across town to meet clients, then
6. Coming home, fixing dinner, then
7. Spending three more hours working, then
8. Walking into the living room at 10:30 pm and saying, "Hi, Honey, I'm home!"
I put in about 10 solid working hours today, broken up over the course of the entire day. It's sort of weird and sort of good. I know, though, that I can't do this all the time. I haven't taken a day actually OFF for a couple weeks. Tomorrow I have to go downtown, but Wednesday I may try to take off entirely.
My manager threatened me within an inch of my life if I try to cancel my hike and go to work tomorrow.
I am going to be SO behind on Wednesday.
And of course, something terrible will happen when I'm gone.
Yeah, but you need the hike, girl!
Yeah, I actually am sort of looking at it in that way -with the added bonus of being at home rather than in some big office!
Maybe it will help if you set yourself "core office hours", time when your first priority is office work, and try to confine your legal work to those times. Give yourself the option to flex time if you need to rearrange a schedule, or to work overtime if a situation demands it, but also tell yourself that you won't work on cases after a certain time unless it's an emergency, because that time is reserved for spending with family and friends.
Having spoken with people who worked from home, I've seen that it becomes very easy to let the job expand to fill all available hours, at the expense of family, friends, and sanity. It's something I face a little bit as I'm teaching college. I had to tell myself that unless it is something that I have not completed that absoultely has to be done the next morning, I will not work on schoolwork after my husband gets back from work. And that my primary goal is to manage my time so that this doesn't happen. Otherwise he felt like he never got to see me, because I was always working on prepping some lesson in the evenings.
The issue being that I'm dealing with a lot of emergency situations these days, so I find myself out on weekends seeing clients and up until wee hours electronically filing papers.
I do need to regularize my schedule, though. Even if that means designating a weekday as my day off from the office!
It makes a lot of sense. Setting up a buisness is hard work! Of course one of the nice things about running your own buinsess is that you can decide to work Tuesday through Saturday or something, and have a weekday as your day off so you can actually go take care of all the silly errands that are so hard to manage when you're working M-F.
Good luck getting the practice rolling! It sounds like you're off to a great start.
When I was laid up at home and worked from there, my days were a lot like that. It was not uncommon for me to be working at 7am and at 11pm, but I did take breaks during the day. And I got a lot done.
I wouldn't want to live like that all the time, but it's a nice change from the normal office grind.
Yes, exactly! My day was pretty much like that, if you change every bullet point to "working" except one which was "one and a half hour long driving lesson" ;)
It's 9:30. I'm pondering stopping now and making it an early night ;)
Well, I'm totally excited about the new job
, so it's not so bad! :)
It's still long hours! don't burn yourself out!
I'm working on cloning technology. I figure with just a couple more of me, there'll be enough hours in the day! :D
Yeah, I figured you and Ferrett will appreciate the tech, too!