November 7, 2012

Turning It On In The Bedroom

Working from home is amazeballs - it provides me with great freedom and flexibility,
but it also requires a high degree of self-discipline and motivation.

I don't have a 9-5 schedule, but I still have to put in a set amount of hours each day,
and I'm usually juggling three to four projects at once.

I should probably mention here that I get easily distracted, too.

Last night was the first time in 10 nights that I'd been in a real bed with my husband
and I found myself turning it on - the computer, that is -
as I had three hours of work to finish before midnight. 
 
I then woke up this morning, laying on top of my cell phone 
(It's getting really freaky in the Fox den, folks.) 
to find an email from my boss asking if I could put in an extra two hours today. 
 
My goal for today is to shut off both my computer and my iPhone alerts by six. 
 
As important as it is to return e-mails and to finish writing and editing each day, 
I need to find a balance between my work and family responsibilities. 
 
I've found that in making myself available to everyone 24/7 
I've made myself unavailable to the people who matter the absolute most. 
 
Do you ever feel like you're actually tethered to your phone or computer? 
 

They say that admitting that you have a problem is the first step. 
 
 I've admitted that I have a problem - can you?

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  1. I do feel like that sometimes. I have learned that at 5pm my phone goes in my purse and stays there until I plug it in to go to bed. It has helped so much!

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  2. Same for me! My job is pretty stressful and demands a lot out of me, which makes it easy to neglect my long-distance boyfriend because he's not right next to me needing direct attention. I'm starting to create a schedule for myself (including him! Unfortunately, because of the time difference, we'll have to start making Skype dates.) that not only makes my boss happy, but myself and my loved ones happy.

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  3. I am absolutely tethered to my phone...I work from home too and it takes so much self discipline!! Great post.

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  4. To my phone? For sure. The computer not as much, but that may have something to do with the fact that I can basically do all I would want to do on the computer on my phone.. I think you are right in taking time away from all the media and spending more attention on TJ!

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  5. Often times I put aside things that I should be doing to jump on Facebook and creep, or respond to e-mail, or blog my little heart away. Often times I ignore spending time with my babe, just because I would rather catch up on the lives of others. Sad, but true. Lately I've devoted that special time for us, because he deserves my utmost devotion and attention..

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  6. I will definitely be logging off more when the hubby gets home! He is my ONLY priority ;) I am so jealous that you work from home. I want a job like that soooo bad!

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  7. I get this for sure! Especially now that I work from home too... But I've set up a pretty good system. I do have exact work hours. When those hours are done, I turn off my computer and head out of my 'office' room, not to come back until the next morning. You've gotta do it... otherwise you're not really living you're just working all the time.

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  8. Precisely today I wrote something similar. Working from home is not easy, you need a lot of discipline. I don't live with my boyfriend so I'm constantly working on weekdays. I try to put all my stuff aside during the weekends but I'm "obsessed" with it that sometimes I can't. I'm still trying to figure out how to manage my time, but it is really important to take time for us and for the ones we love. (I should apply that! haha)

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