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10 thoughts on “Working From Home: Shut Down That Office Computer”

  1. I can totally relate to this now that the kids are out of school for the summer. My kids are sleeping later so I try to start early before they get up. Lately I have been emailing people or updating on Twitter when I will be gone for several hours and letting them know when I will return. This has helped, because without that warning everyone assumes that with a home office I will be back to them immediately. I’m hoping to have a real schedule where I can just tell everyone that I am not available during certain hours of the day, but I’m not at that point yet.
    .-= Tina T´s last blog ..What Are You Left With When Your Relationship Ends? =-.

  2. Totally true, girl. Add to that, I have 3 laptops around the house that are constantly ON, plus our iPhones so we’re connected all the time. Though I have a hard stop at my fulltime job eventhough I work most of the time here at home, it’s my blog that’s keeping me busy outside of my normal working hours. Like you, I’m also dreaming to make it on my own and not be tied to the corporate world someday… oh….

  3. Great article Brandy! I work from home sometimes and it is really hard to “shut down.” I am on vacation now and yesterday I had to make a serious pact with myself that I am not going to check anymore work email until I’m off vacation. As a matter of fact, I think I will put an out of office reply on my email. Thanks for the comment love.

  4. I am right there with you. It is so hard to just shut down. I love to twitter, blog, go to the wiimommies forum and just plan be on the computer. Ia m working towards shutting down earlier and it is finally starting to get a little easier.
    .-= Tricia´s last blog ..Fitness Friday ~ Three words =-.

  5. Wow, I wish my office looked that neat! I do think it’s important to put work in a proper perspective. Quality family time is something you don’t get back. I once worked three jobs at a time and missed out on a lot. I do admire what you are doing so that both of you can be at home. I think the operative word is ‘balance.’ If you can balance being at home and working, that seems to be the ultimate.
    .-= askcherlock´s last blog ..The Michelle Obama Factor and Iranian Women =-.

  6. It’s so hard to NOT go on to the computer. I mean… it’s RIGHT THERE… calling me! Sometimes, I just have to pack us all up and head out to the park or the beach to shut down. That’s not such a bad option. Helps with the one negative thing that’s been bothering me lately: losing inspiration being home too much.
    .-= Sugar Jones´s last blog ..The Dish on Food, Inc. =-.

  7. You know what…when you walk past the computer and see it’s on it’s absolutely magnetic the way it draws you in.
    .-= blueviolet´s last blog ..Cemetary Storms – W/W Wednesday =-.

  8. Sounds like a good idea! I need to do that just with my personal one. There’s always something else I’d like to do, one more thing.

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