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post #1 of 28
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Do you think your disciplined enough to work an 8 hour day from home if your boss said you could work from your house?
post #2 of 28
HECK NO.
post #3 of 28
No! I'm not even disciplined at work!
post #4 of 28
I've been doing it for about 2 yrs before they ran out of work I could take home (since the majority of the cases now are electronic and not paper). Its not that hard - but would be harder if you have kids.

However, the rules for those with kids is that the kids had to either be in school or day care - you could not watch them and do your work; thinking was that if you were in the office, you'd be using day care.
post #5 of 28
I don't know that I could do it, probably turn into a 16 hour day with all the breaks I'd take
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by fwan View Post
No! I'm not even disciplined at work!
LOL, me either!

Although, I could be disciplined enough to get all my work done everyday...it just wouldn't take 8 hours to do it and it wouldn't be all at one sitting!!

I learned discipline well when I was homeschoooled in 7,8,9th grades...my mom (single parent) had to work so she just left me the assignments and I was home alone teaching myself school!! That will def teach you discipline,lol.
post #7 of 28
Working in a call center really isn't that demanding so I could probably do it. But, I'd be off the phone a lot more because of the dogs wanting in and out, in and out! But, I wish that was an option! It would save so much in gas. I can't imagine doing it with kids at home though.
post #8 of 28
I have on occasion worked from home for 1 or 2 days at a time - I find it suits my working style - I'm most productive working alone in bursts of furious activity and intense concentration, with relaxation in between (and possibly a mid afternoon nap), which does not go down well in an office environment where a 'must be seen to be working at all times' approach is favoured!

I've always found that the appearance of working in the 'accepted' manner is actually more relevant to performance reviews and appraisals than the volume of output or accuracy of your work. Bit sad really.
post #9 of 28
I'm not in an office job anymore, but when I was, I did medical billing. I'd LOVE to do it at home after work to make some extra cash (obviously part time, since I work 8+ hours a day already at my current job). I'm a quick typist and would be able to knock out a lot of work quickly anyway.

Being said, I doubt I'd be able to do a full time job working at home I'd be getting sidetracked left and right! Rob wanted me to take courses to do at-home medical billing, and start small doing it part time, then in the future do it full time at home and then he would think about just doing transmission work out of his garage when its built. Neither of us would be disciplined enough!
post #10 of 28
Assuming it's the kind of work I used to do (writing and graphics), I would definitely get 8 hours' worth of work done -- but I'd probably do it in 5 or 6 hours.

Without the distractions and pressures of an office setting, and without the depressing knowledge that no matter how early I finish, I still have to sit there chained to the desk for the full day, I can more easily relax and get into "flow"... and when I'm in flow, I can do far better work, and do it very fast.
post #11 of 28
Nope. I do it sometimes now as I have the ability to work from home. It's just to easy to get up and wander through the house.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Assuming it's the kind of work I used to do (writing and graphics), I would definitely get 8 hours' worth of work done -- but I'd probably do it in 5 or 6 hours.

Without the distractions and pressures of an office setting, and without the depressing knowledge that no matter how early I finish, I still have to sit there chained to the desk for the full day, I can more easily relax and get into "flow"... and when I'm in flow, I can do far better work, and do it very fast.
I know exactly how this is!!!! On the days when my boss is not in the office, I work much more quickly and smoothly and feel so much less pressured. It is amazing what I can do when everyone just leaves me a lone for a while! It's hard to do creative work sometimes when you are always pressured, pressured, pressured!

It's nice to know that someone else feels the same way.

So yes, I think I could work at home and I would LOVE it!
post #13 of 28
I dunno..I probably could.
might even get more done with no one bugging me.
post #14 of 28
It's funny you ask that question. My boss just talked to me this week about the possibility of doing some of my work from home. I'm currently working full time here & doing 10 + hours at my internship. My boss knows that my schedual is crazy & I'm struggling. Not to mention they want me to stay around here. I don't know that I have enough work to work from home for 8 hours, but I can do some from home. I will definatly struggle to be disiplined, but if I am given the opportunity I sure don't want to screw it up.
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
HECK NO.
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post #16 of 28
Oh goodness no. I am at work right now, and look what I'm doing!!! I know I have work I can be doing but I am being slack. I was just told yesterday that I need to be proactive so that my boss can just focus on his creativity. Well... I am not as invested in the company so I'm not motivated.

But, I would like to work from home if I had another job where I could do that. I teach music lessons on the side and am trying to get enough students to where I can just do that.
post #17 of 28


I don't even work a full 8 hours here in the office!! I admit to it!
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
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I don't even work a full 8 hours here in the office!! I admit to it!
I try not too....

I don't think I'm disciplined enough.......
post #19 of 28
I think I could one or two days a week, but not on a regular basis. Since I'm such a night owl, if I don't have some pressing reason to get up, I have this bad habit of sleeping in later and later every day... So eventually I'd sleep all day and only be awake at night!

With my current job I couldn't work from home much anyway, because it's too office-related. Maybe with my next job...
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by zorana_dragonky View Post
I know exactly how this is!!!! On the days when my boss is not in the office, I work much more quickly and smoothly and feel so much less pressured. It is amazing what I can do when everyone just leaves me a lone for a while! It's hard to do creative work sometimes when you are always pressured, pressured, pressured!
I don't work in a 'creative' environment (medical office), but man I can bust out some work when it's nice and quiet.

I'm facing a possible layoff of sorts (would be the second one in a 13 months ) but my boss has talked about finding something for me to do from home one day a week. I might be distracted off and on, but mostly I think I'd be fine. Actually that would be pretty much ideal for me. Half the time at work now there is only one other girl there and most of this week I was completely alone in the office and I can say I certainly didn't hate it!
post #21 of 28
Are you kidding?
I'm at work right now and I'm distracted by TCS... It would be worse at home

Knowing me I would see one of the kittens curled up on the bed, get sleepy and end up taking a nap with them
post #22 of 28
Yep. I do it once a week, and I love it. Part of my job is designing training programs, so it's great to have a day where I can totally focus on it and not be distracted by all the stuff going on in the office. My only problem is that I get too focused sometimes and forget to take breaks or work way more than 8 hours.

Tailer loves it, too. He spends most of the day sitting between me and the keyboard.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
HECK NO.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tari View Post
...Tailer loves it, too. He spends most of the day sitting between me and the keyboard.
That's my Clydie's favorite spot -- and he has such long, lonnng legs, there's just nowhere to put them but right across my keyboard. Drives me crazy! Ah, but he gazes up at me with those beautiful sea-green eyes and I can deny him nothing...
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by roxsam View Post
I could be disciplined enough to get all my work done everyday...it just wouldn't take 8 hours to do it and it wouldn't be all at one sitting!!
i'd get everything done... but i wouldn't necessarily do it in the time alloted... sometimes less time, sometimes more.
'course, doesn't apply to me, since i'm not an office worker!
post #26 of 28
I often work from home and love it, but my job is flexible enough that I know when there are lulls etc and sometimes I have to do a 12 hour day at home and others I do 5-6.

I do get distracted at times, but I am often distracted by people at work too and I find I am more productive at home as I do not have the silly work stuff (like do you know where the paperclips are questions) breaking my concentration.
post #27 of 28
Yes! I would this option. I work well alone and am good at keeping myself on track. Some days I really hate going into a cold stuffy office for long hours on end away from my house where those I love live, stuck behind walls without fake lights minus opportunities to go smelling the real outdoors and taking walks, it feels like a type of cruelty for me on some days to be so far away from my loved ones behind cubes or walls indoors in the cold, even if I do like my job, which I do - I need more flexibility and work well working at home!
post #28 of 28
can you make a poll option for this thread?
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