Monday, December 03, 2007

Writing Question of the Week: Working from Home

I hope all of you had a terrific weekend, fellow writers! :)

This week's question: How do you manage to stay sane while working from home? While working at home offers a number of benefits, oftentimes it can be just as stressful - if not more so - than a standard 9-5.

So, allow me inside your head, writers! What secrets, tips or tricks do you employ in order to not go postal on your friends and family members? Perhaps you don't find any drawbacks to working from home, and are perfectly content. If so, tell me about it!

I'm very interested to hear your feedback.





At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello again, Denise!
It's like reading my mind: I've been having exactlly the same problem. It would be great to have at least a "home office" - a room dedicated to work only. But, since my girlfriend and I moved in together (in a new flat), that option is gone. It would be great if my GF would understand that I need to be focused while working, but ... she doesn't and keeps asking me something. What I've managed to do so far about it? Well, I went and buy headphones. :) It's a very pragmatic solution, but I must say it works for now. :-)

Sometimes I wish I had a job with an office where I could be focused on my work and that only. Well, it's almost christmas time - maybe Santa reads this blog and will try to do something about it. ;-)

Keep up the good work. Once again, nice topic and relevant question.

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Denise said...


Thank you for your comment. The headphones are a good idea - unfortunately, they never seem to work for me! I still get distracted by my roommate.

At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes, then I don't know. Perhaps we should print some t-shirts with a BIG DND sign and wear them while working. ;-)

Do you have door between you and your roommates' room? Then just close them while working, have a chat with him/her and let him/her know, what the closed doors mean. You can also print out some warrning (with that radioactive sign ... :-]). If you have the door, the last resort is just locking it. :-))

Take care, G

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Damaria Senne said...

Hi Denise

Sorry i'm coming to this discussion a tad late. Here are some of the things I do to stop the walls from closing in on me;
- I go out at least once a week to interview a client. Sometimes it's an interview I could have done on the phone or by email, but I do it so I get out to meet people I find interesting.
- I regularly meet friends for coffee/chat
- I go to another writer's house where a group of us congregate and spend the day working. A group of them manage a gaming portal, so there's opportunity to play new games and just have fun (and still get an article out of it)
- I spend a couple of hours working from the local library when family life gets too hectic

I'm planning to move my office out of the house to a converted garage early in 2009, and then my work space will be more ideal. Mostly though, I don't mind working from a livingroom couch while my kid and her friends watch TV/videos/play, although I draw the line at them playing hide and seek (wooden floors make a very distracting noise when a herd of 10-year old girls run about trying to find a place to hide).

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