Working at home has it’s advantages. I get oodles more done as there are no interruptions, impromptu meetings or random co-worker distractions (I’m as good/bad as anyone at all providing all of these mind you). Yet home working is still viewed with some scepticism.
Sure it means you can structure your day differently than a 9-to-5 day in the office but that does not mean that your productivity goes down.
For example, I will be working at home today. I will start around 8am. Take a break around 12noon and go out and do some light gardening for 45 mins or so. I’ll grab some lunch and work until Louise comes home at 6pm.
Add to that the 4 hours I’ve just done, and the few hours I’ll do over the weekend and what do you have? Well around 8 hours extra time worked at easily double the productivity. It’s not always like this mind you, it just so happens that I’m researching some new ideas and working practises and will be trying out some of the supporting technology. Just the thing to motivate an “idea implementor” like myself.
It also means that I’m not helping the stats that say we (in the UK) have the longest working hours in Europe, but for once I’m feeling good about the direction my team is heading in and I’m determined to make it happen.
Right, that’s enough about work, it’s 1.05am and I’m off to bed. Expect things to be quiet around here