The New Yorker has a devastating and hilarious satirical send up for people who work at home:
911 OPERATOR: 911—what’s your emergency?
ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home. …
OPERATOR: You did the right thing by calling today, Robert. I’m going to get some people over there soon to help you, O.K.? And I’ll stay with you on the phone until they get there. Do you understand?
ROBERT: I think so.
OPERATOR: Now, Robert, did you eat anything today?
ROBERT: Yes. Many times.
OPERATOR: Are you eating now, Robert?
ROBERT: I keep putting things in my mouth a lot.
This over-the-top perspective might hit a little too close to home for some of us. We have that coveted home office, but there are a few downsides to contend with: few interactions with people, snacking all day, forgetting to shower, etc.
It’s easy to let those challenges spin out of control. But you can reign them in. Check out our list of 99 productivity tips that can make working from home work for you.
It’s basic stuff like having natural light and minimizing distractions. Our tips cover it all, including your workspace, being healthy, organization, helpful tools, clothing, communication, scheduling and more.
We even talk about human interaction.