Over the summer this was even easier, the sun in London has been in full force and if I accidently had a meeting we’d opt for a walk around Regents Park over the booking the meeting room.
Yesterday it all went wrong.
The early morning grey sky and drizzle made me stick at home, I did zoom into Waterloo for a short meeting and congratulated myself about how I was using my time efficiently.
On the way back I was nodding off on the tube and the grip of the nap got me.
I was home and yawning and then the sofa opened and my fairy godmother soothed my head. She did make me write down what I was going to do when I woke up in 45 minutes so I could be back into action.
Two hours later I emerged from the sofa like a concussed pilot from a helicopter wreckage. I managed to get back on track but it was nowhere near the place I had set myself to be.
What to do next
I have started to tattoo my task list on the inside of my eyelids every day* and I am deeply committed to seeing them through.
At this moment in time, the thrill of completion is worth the pain.
I kept going past my stop time and to complete the task took 3 times longer than it would have done if I’d done it earlier in the day.
The price to pay
I had to pay the price, it was not a Gandhi or Mandela type price – let’s be realistic.
It meant working after dinner on my shiny computer in my London flat, but I know that my ‘production capability’ before midday significantly higher than when I do exactly the same task at night.
The even dumber bit is that the more I play Lego, cook, read, hang out with friends the night before the better I work the next morning.
Notice I did not write get pissed, watch East Enders or spend the evening on Facebook into that relaxing time.
One last note on working from home.
I spend two days a week at home, one is to record podcasts and the other is to listen to books, podcasts and get ready for the coming week.
I particularly enjoy the solitude and not having to navigate the London Underground.
Certain tasks are better suited to certain places, our mate Christina explained this well here.
Where do you work best?
*Maybe I exaggerated for effect.