As I have mentioned before, I am really REALLY fortunate in that IBM are big into flexible working arrangements and work/life balance etc. They really are good at that. When I joined I got a laptop and a 3G card, which means that I can work from anywhere.
Small problem with the lurking kid factor. I do this sometimes by hiding in the study. It’s a bit of a pain but v nice if I want to spend whole day in PJ’s. Plus I get to spend extra time with kids before and after my work day.
the office occasionally (VERY occasionally)
I try and arrange my meetings to happen all on the same day and try not to go into town more than once or twice a week. That traffic is horrendous! Plus the parking is impossible.
I do this occasionally too. If I have a midday meeting in town, I will go to a coffee shop first and work there until my meeting, but it gets expensive. Plus I always need to pee and then what to do I do with my laptop? I have to pack the whole thing up and take it with me.
my mom’s house
This is the best option. My mom lives 5 minutes away from my house. I get free coffee and tea plus I can pee when ever I want. Plus it is really quiet here. I am at my mom’s house now in fact. And she has just baked.
then, sometimes when I have a late or early conference call, I work from my
mobile office. The one on wheels.
I take my laptop and cell phone, drive down the road and dial up from my car. It is the only way. Can you imagine trying to do a conference call with the two little buggers around. Impossible.
“Mama! MAMA! WHERE ARE YOU!!!”
“Wanna talk onna phone, Mama. WANNA TALK ONNA PHONE MAMA!!”
(Why do my children always shout? Do your children shout? I swear I must have the loudest children in the world)
No, that won’t work. So it is me in my pyjamas, parked on the side of the road, dialled up and ready. Fun and games of being a working mom.
(I am SO fortunate that I am able to do all of this, it gives me so much extra time to spend with the kids on either side of my working day, time that I would ordinarily have to spend commuting. Not sure how long this will last as I might be drafted on to a huge project soon. Sob!)