A couple of days ago I shared how much I love working at home and that I don’t miss the traffic out there at all. However, there are days (very occasional) when working at home can prove to be a challenge. Today was one of them.
We got a letter a week ago to say the power would be off between 8.30am and 3.30pm for one day and we needed to ensure that all electrical appliances were switched off and unplugged, especially computers. What was I going to do?
I started to put out feelers to see whose place I could go to, along with my laptop and my mobile phone (with the land-line diverted). There was room at our church office. Our eldest daughter’s place was a possibility but I doubt I would get much work done as my grandson would be wanting my attention. I sent out a message to clients advising I might not be able to get much work done because of the power being out and a client offered me his office as he was going to be at two workshops. And then one of my BNI colleagues was visiting for a one-on-one meeting and asked if I could come and teach her to use LinkedIn. I looked at my diary and realised that I had time on the day of ‘no power’. I laughed and said to her, ‘why didn’t I think of that before? Just make appointments to be out visiting.’ She responded she does that all the time.
I’d gotten so entrenched with being home full-time working that I’d forgotten it was OK to be out for a whole day if I wanted to. So I did. I booked 3 appointments and visited the local ‘maccas’ which had wifi available so I could catch up with emails while having something to eat and a cuppa. Not as productive a day as I’d like but at least it meant I got some things done and the time wasn’t wasted. After all, if I’m going to have a day off, I want it to be on my terms.