Dreary, rainy day outside, the sort featuring a bleak, dark sky, making lights in windows appear as sanctuaries and forts.
I work from home so don't experience much of the weather and traffic matters much any longer. Before then I worked in the SF Bay area. Weather didn't affect traffic much except for a few monssons.
Working from home is interesting for the things it does and doesn't do. Commutes are easy, the dress code is relaxed, and gasoline's price doesn't dent my budget.
The negatives are more abstract. I've been doing this for seven years, four as a manager, three as a team player in another role. In the latter, I've gone through three managers. I like this current manager as a person but my regard for his managerial skills have been on the decline. I'm blindsided by company business and team decisions. I have few insights into what the rest of the team is working on and I feel out of sync. I've mentioned this to him and he assures me, alternately, you're doing awesome and no, you're good.
Other downsides from working at home are partly attributed to the distance between me and them. Starting at six AM to sync with their 9 AM start wears thin, especially in winter's darkness. Cats, wife, neighbors interrupt my work. My brand has a history of managing by walking around and clearly that doesn't work in this situation. Synergy is lost from the ability to get up and walk down the hall to another's work station. Elevator meetings and lunch meetings are absent along with all the non-verbal communications. And all those quarterly office breakfasts, lunches and holiday parties are absent from my routine. Inside jokes between other team members increase my feeling of being an outsider.
Working from home leaves my days less structured and frayed at the seams. Writing discipline has broken down and I realize, trying to understand why so I can address it, my home office, which used to be my writing studio, is now my work office. It affects my attitude. I've been aware but have just come recently to appreciate how deeply this is embedded. Change is more difficult.
It affects revising more than writing. I take my laptop to a coffee shop each day, spending one to three hours there (flexibility is a work from home benefit). I usually punch out one to two thousand words. That carrott routine works well.
My editing routine is a WIP. I like printing it out, walking around, reading it aloud, making changes on paper and then leaping back onto the computer. Somehow being in the office is now stunted because this is my business location.
It's psychological so it can be addressed, just one more row to plow. Like most things, awareness is the first step.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com