June 17, 2011

Home office blues

Filed under: Uncategorized — nascentnovelist @ 1:05 pm

I find that working from home is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, I can go straight from my bed to my office, I always have access to free coffee and healthy food, I set my own schedule, and if I want to do something that might seem weird in public (like doing assisted pull-ups under my desk, or singing loudly along to Samantha Fox) nobody’s there to see it.

But on the other hand, I’m always alone. If I decide to go back to bed after my boyfriend’s left for work, nobody will notice. If I spend my day watching TV instead of producing, I’m the only one who berates myself for it. It doesn’t matter if I spend my whole day writing in my underwear. Morning meetings with myself, though blissfully brief, are not very exciting. And I really miss having someone to talk to during lunch.

I have some tricks to make myself more accountable: I write detailed to-do-lists, which makes me feel accomplished and makes sure I don’t forget to do anything. I make routines for myself and try to keep them. I try to have nice coffee dates or scheduled runs with people to avoid spending all my time alone. And since I have no curtains, and there’re often workers walking by my windows, I usually wear pants. But despite all that, I still find myself wondering if I should try to find a place to go to write where I’m not alone all the time. Writing from home is a solitary experience.

Do any of you work from home? Do you love it or hate it?



  1. Well you know – J.K Rowling sat at a café all day 😉 It sounds very exciting – though not easy. Getting out of the house during your lunch hour is always smart – meeting friends for coffee and the like.

    Personally I find sitting in a a somewhat quiet café working makes me feel less lonely – though you loose the healthy food option a bit – but working in different venues might improve your productiveness – that is if you feel less lonely like I do. *Huggles*

    Comment by Kari Kristine Haugberg — June 17, 2011 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, I’ve been considering it. Sometimes it works, and I have a nice cafe right around the corner. Might try it on Monday actually! 🙂

      Comment by nascentnovelist — June 17, 2011 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  2. I miss when I was in Canada and we worked in the same room. it was kinda like an office in your house, cause we were more than one person. i miss you.

    Also, I am not Julie. I am Aina.

    Comment by Julie R. Andersen — June 18, 2011 @ 7:12 am | Reply

    • That’s exactly what I’d need. A you in the room with me (or someone else writing at the same time). 🙂

      Comment by nascentnovelist — June 18, 2011 @ 9:33 am | Reply

      • Aina:
        Npt just “A ME” you need ME.

        Du er pen på bildet.
        Julie: Det synes Julie også.

        Comment by Julie R. Andersen — June 18, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    • Aaaaw! Takk! 🙂

      Og ja, jeg savner deg også!

      (Og deg Julie!)

      Comment by nascentnovelist — June 19, 2011 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  3. Oh yes, I do too, but during the summer (now) I have two very “bored” children to juggle as well. And that makes me appreciate the rest of my time. 😀 Also, social media really makes me feel like I’m connecting with others. Particularly blogging and tweeting.

    Comment by Lisa Gail Green — June 20, 2011 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

    • That’s true. I also go on skype in lonely hours and chat with friends in the same situation. Usually, I’m quite productive, it’s mostly the social aspect of sitting next to someone I miss.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — June 20, 2011 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  4. I, too, am a home worker at present, and I feel guilty for being so damn content with it. All of those perks you mentioned? They’re awesome! I spent three years of my life out of grad school wasting 9 or 10 hours a day in an over-cooled government bureau with middle-aged, paunchy little worker bees who, after 15 years of sitting in the same chair and doing the same work, believed it to be the pinnacle of living. I never want to go back. Despite (or because of) working in my pajamas, petting cats all day and padding around in slippers, I get seriously 4x more work done at home.

    The part that gets to me is the fact that I have to STAY at home if I don’t have anything else to do in the evenings, and I get kind of restless, so I dance in the evenings to escape the workhomeplace.

    Of course, it’s always good for me to get out, especially in the early mornings before work begins; I don’t get that weird restless feeling if I manage it. And while I am not often propelled by genuine loneliness to get out there with the other humans (I seem to be disturbingly okay with my own company for long periods of time), I AM propelled by the fear that I will hole myself up and become a cave-dwelling hermit! HA.

    Comment by Shinseiko — June 21, 2011 @ 8:40 am | Reply

    • You shouldn’t feel guilty about it. You do a great job. 🙂

      Well, whatever motivates you to have coffee or go running with me, is okay for me. I need human contact to survive. Might be you’re dealing better with it because you work with people all day, even though it’s over skype? I dunno, but I think that’d help for me.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — June 21, 2011 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

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