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Cabin Fever

It’s the beginning of February. It’s cold outside. I live in the suburbs. My family has one car. (And I don’t get to use it.)

These are the makings of home office cabin fever.

When the weather is nice, the highlight of my day is walking out to the mailbox to check the mail. It’s a nice leisurely stroll of about 100 yards. It’s not much, but it breaks up the day. Trash day is a bonus, that is an extra trip to the curb and back to bring in the cans. But in the winter, those two excursions aren’t nearly as pleasant. In fact, I find myself trying to combine them or speed up the amount of time spent outside.

What do you do to get through the winter months? What do you do to solve the one-car problem when there is no place to walk to? Is it just a matter of staying focussed and hoping winter ends soon? Ah… that wouldn’t be so hard if that damn groundhog hadn’t seen his shadow.

Please share any advice in the comments section.

Home Office Sick Days

How do you handle sick days when you are working from home? Whether you are working for yourself or telecommuting, there is a certain quandary about staying in bed and resting when your home office is just downstairs.

When you work in an office and you are feeling under the weather, it’s just too much trouble to get yourself together and get your butt to work. So you stay in bed and everyone is happy. If you did manage to make it to the office, invariably someone mistakes you for death and sends you home.

At home, you get no sympathy, it’s not “too” much trouble to make it over to your desk, and no one is afraid to catch what you have over the webcam or phone. So you trudge on. You don’t rest. And you stay sick longer.

Does anyone have a personal policy or philosophy when it comes to home office sick days? Leave your comments below.

Related Link: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Home Office Distractions

I love working from home, but sometimes I have to deal with the distractions that come with it.

For instance, today is a beautiful fall day. I would love nothing better than to go out with my son and kick the ball around. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have meetings scheduled most of the day and I can’t really act on these distractions and leave the home office.

I knew I would have trouble in the area of distractions so I designed my office in such a way that it is hard to act on the distractions. I have a door to my office that allows me to shut off most interruptions. I also chose a room with no windows so I am not drawn away from my computer screen.

What do you do to stay focused? Do you rely on physical tricks like me, or are you adept at the mental side? Add you thoughts in the comments section below to share your ideas and observations.