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Old 08-18-2009, 11:47 AM   #16
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Good advise. What kind of music do you play?
I play classical guitar, but not always classical music. I like to play Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Sublime, The Beatles and Neil Young to name a few.

One of my favorite classical songs to play is called Lagrima. This guy plays it beautifully:

YouTube - Tarrega: Lagrima
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I play classical guitar, but not always classical music. I like to play Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Sublime, The Beatles and Neil Young to name a few.

One of my favorite classical songs to play is called Lagrima. This guy plays it beautifully:

YouTube - Tarrega: Lagrima
I'm still stuck on the classic rock stuff but I enjoy just about all types of music. Just this past weekend they had a special on Neil Diamond in concert and I enjoyed the entire show. He went back to where he was born to do a concert and they showed him walking the streets. It was funny because he was talking to some kids that had no clue who he was. I play drums and I have been thinking about taking piano leasons.
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As others have said, make a dedicated office and do your best to make it as nice as possible. Get everything just right, and make sure you're comfortable. You know, some natural light, some plants, a comfy chair, artwork, etc. There are lots of things you can do in your home office that you can't do in a regular office. For example, I regularly play guitar when I have to restart my server or publish changes. I also find that playing music helps me get into a rhythm as well. I used to wear headphones in the office, but now that I work at home I don't have to. That's nice. It's important to take advantage of those kind of things. Sometimes it's hard to see what you can change, because you aren't really open to the change. Your mind has this image of what work/office should be like, and you need to reevaluate that now.

Good luck to you, and enjoy it!
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:33 PM   #19
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Cool firstdown. Neil Diamond is great. I also play *a little* harmonica and I've always wanted to learn piano. Playing music is so fulfilling and good for the soul.
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LOL @ Duffman ... exactly what I had in mind -- with some cheeseburgers on the grill, of course (which is what I have most days for lunch!)
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Ah the "pleasure" of working from home...

I have worked from home for about 2 years now, and it's definitely hard to stay motivated some times, but that is just part of the gig. I think it's important to understand that, because the way I see it it's just human nature. Since I have trouble staying motivated at all times, I just work around it. Sure, I'm supposed to work from 7-3, but I don't always. I'm always online when I need to be, but I'll either work when I need to, or if I'm in a groove -- sometimes that happens to be from 7-3. Other times, I'll get into a rhythm for several hours in the evening. I have worked through the night on several occasions, simply because I had momentum and I wanted to take advantage.

The worst part is the cabin fever. Like others have said, your best bet is to take regular breaks. I used to go out for breakfast and lunch every day. That was nice, but it got too expensive. I take regular smoke breaks, and sometimes even short naps (I have a futon in my office ). When the day is over I usually leave and get out into the wilderness to do some hiking or rock climbing.

The point is that I meet my deadlines, and work when it's most efficient -- not when the clock says to. You're not in an office anymore, so you have to sort of change your mentality. Of course, I write computer software, and I don't have to deal with people very much. If you have lots of meetings or need to talk to customers, then you'll be more restricted by the clock.

As others have said, make a dedicated office and do your best to make it as nice as possible. Get everything just right, and make sure you're comfortable. You know, some natural light, some plants, a comfy chair, artwork, etc. There are lots of things you can do in your home office that you can't do in a regular office. For example, I regularly play guitar when I have to restart my server or publish changes. I also find that playing music helps me get into a rhythm as well. I used to wear headphones in the office, but now that I work at home I don't have to. That's nice. It's important to take advantage of those kind of things. Sometimes it's hard to see what you can change, because you aren't really open to the change. Your mind has this image of what work/office should be like, and you need to reevaluate that now.

Good luck to you, and enjoy it!
Good advice, my man. I'm thinking about stocking the fridge with plenty of beer. I don't normally keep beer here at the house, but I think I might start now. Every Friday we would pop a few cold ones right there in the office. Usually around 4 PM. No need to break tradition at this point.
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Cool firstdown. Neil Diamond is great. I also play *a little* harmonica and I've always wanted to learn piano. Playing music is so fulfilling and good for the soul.
I've enjoyed playing drums but I want to be able to sit down and play a song and its tough doing that on the drums. I can read some music and the piano is a percusion insrtument. When My grand mother passed away we got her piano so all I need to do is get off my a$$ and take some leasons.
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Good advice, my man. I'm thinking about stocking the fridge with plenty of beer. I don't normally keep beer here at the house, but I think I might start now. Every Friday we would pop a few cold ones right there in the office. Usually around 4 PM. No need to break tradition at this point.
Tradition cannot be broken

I used to work for a Russian who would keep vodka in the office, and we'd have some from time to time for a variety of reasons -- mostly traditional Russian customs and superstitions

I don't know about you, but I can't have a cheeseburger without a cold beer! Speaking of which...
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Honestly, the job I'm in right now, people don't know whether I'm here or not my office is so secluded. I could most definitely do 99% of my job from home via remote. I could remote into my clients computers and fix them that way, but no way I would stay motivated.

Already I take advantage of the fact that my bosses don't care what I do and that would just keep me drinking in the morning. Seriously though, I would be a better employee if I could drink at work. Just a few beers to chill me out.
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Speaking of beer...it's 4:13 boys.
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I work from home time to time.

I recommend doing the following as soon as possible:
Rubbing one out while on a call with your boss.
Watch porn while on a business call.
Sit naked outside while working from a laptop.
create fake email accounts and send manley pictures of yourself to your co workers.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:14 PM   #27
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I work from home time to time.

I recommend doing the following as soon as possible:
Rubbing one out while on a call with your boss.
Watch porn while on a business call.
Sit naked outside while working from a laptop.
create fake email accounts and send manley pictures of yourself to your co workers.

Two out of four covered already.
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Which two?
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It sucks; friend and just signed lease on an office.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:44 PM   #30
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My wife works rom home and it is really cake in a bunch of ways. Her biggest challenge is that she now doesn't get that normal everyday non-family interaction with people as much as she'd like. It can get lonely so you need to make yourself get out and interact.
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