Home Is Where the Office Is

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I know I’ve mentioned this before, but in that I must gain at least one new reader a year, it bears repeating.  I have worked from home since 1994…the only new news to add to that equation is that last year, I gained a window.  I went from working in our home’s basement (“the bunker”, as I affectionately called it) to a new bedroom domain overlooking what some Floridian developer generously called a “canal”.  Hey…I’ll give it this much: it beats looking at cinderblock.

When I first entered the promotional products workforce, I was working from our apartment (overlooking Manhattan…now that was a view!) and, admittedly, I wasn’t well equipped to do so.  If the Mets were playing a day game, the TV was on.  I was young (once), and less than properly trained or motivated.  I guess I was doing well enough to afford a view overlooking Manhattan, but that was a rental.  I clearly wasn’t doing well enough to afford the home we soon bought, so maybe I’d better get to work!

As I got older and more dedicated (that is, with a mortgage and eventually a child), I found the right balance for working from home.  So much so that, in time, I was able to blow off a few hours a couple of afternoons a week, in order to coach baseball.  See…it can be done.

Not everyone “gets it”…often that relates to friends and family who think that, just because you’re home, you’re free to come and go and do silly things during the workday.  It can be a harder adjustment for them than it can be for you.

All this comes to mind as I’ve just read an article on LinkedIn that I think you’ll enjoy.  Entitled “Here’s How to Master the Double Edged Sword of Remote Work“, I think this is a great guide for anyone just starting out in the home office environment.

Since the Mets no longer play as many day games as they used to, this is very practical information even for me.


Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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