Do many of you work from home? I’ve been doing so for three years now and I have to say, it’s much more enjoyable than working in a corporate office. Especially the ones where your little cubicle is on the 40th floor and you have to swipe cards and past security guards before getting in. Or the ones where you work at a client site and they shove you in the basement or company kitchen because there’s “no more space.” Actually the kitchen part wasn’t so bad – only three feet away from the fully-stocked fridge and first dibs at catered lunches hah. The only thing I really miss about working in a corporate environment was the diversity of co-workers and an endless supply of Diet Coke and Haagen Dazs bars.
Perks of working from home includes not getting properly dressed until noon (only sometimes!), storing your tea in a wall shelf behind the desk, burning candles on dark weather days when normal lights are decidedly boring, rarely needing to lug around a laptop, never forgetting/leaving behind things in the office. Basically having all your stuff in one place. I like to mix work/professional and play/personal, everything together. Mentally maintaining two separate lives is difficult, and I don’t say that sarcastically.
There are downsides as well. Such as the jackhammering. The entrance to our building is on Mercer Street, which is wonderful and quiet. The other side is Broadway, the complete opposite of Mercer. Cabs driving south all hours of the day. The jackhammering started in June. It continued and by the time August rolled around, I was used to it. In fact, the daily 8am start of jackhammering functioned as my alarm clock and rhythm for the workday. But then it went away in September and for awhile I was pretty thrown off. It was actually difficult to get work done without the steady, rapid dum-dum-dum of the jack-hammer. Then I got used to the quiet again, peaceful, thank goodness.
But this morning! It started again! I thought I was going to go crazy. I checked with the construction worker downstairs and apparently the jackhammering will continue until December. A blessing or a curse? I really don’t know :)