Work Smart, Play Hard…

Or something like that. On the blog this week, I’m pondering the challenges of maintaining boundaries when I work where I eat where I play where I sleep. To one commenter, I’ll send a $50 Amazon gift card.

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2 comments on “Work Smart, Play Hard…

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    Elaine says:

    I, too, work from my kitchen, which looks onto a neighbour’s yard with its attendant cardinals and squirrels. I have clients whose deadlines I must meet and whose emails I must answer, so I try to keep to my desk during standard business hours (9 to 5), but, thanks to technology, I always have my smartphone at hand if I go out to lunch, to a meeting or to the gym, so I can reply promptly. I judge my freedom to do the latter during the workday based on the amount of work I have — the longer you work for yourself, the easier it is to allow for some flexibility, since you can assess the workload more realistically.

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    Elaine Carlini-Davis says:

    When I was teaching, I worked my lunch hour and stayed after school until about 5 pm. I corrected papers and prepared work for the next day and started on my lesson plans. Evening I cooked dinner with my spouse and watched any mysteries shown on PBS.I read a lot. Weekends I did laundry in the morning or I gardened. That’s when I could get together with friends. I had season tickets for the opera with my sister and dance tickets with my best friend. With my spouse and step-daughter, I went to the Art Institute, Cranbrook, Greenfield Village, and various museums. I really used what Detroit had to offer. Now I’m retired and rarely go out except for having season tickets for the symphony with my spouse. It’s been thirteen years since we moved to Florida and I miss Michigan every day. There was so much to do without having to drive very far. The Detroit area had so many wonderful places to go to and I had friends and a spouse that liked to go places. Writing this shows me that when I had a lot to do, I did it. Now I can’t seem to get much done at home.
    Good luck with your writing. Whatever you do, it works! How many books have you written since “The Heir”? I know you had some in a suitcase under the bed, but you have kept up publishing at a record pace. I must have forty of your books!