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    I have the opportunity to work from home once every one or two weeks. I haven't taken it in the past, probably because I am not set up sufficiently at home to be comfortable enough to work there.

    I'm sure there are people on this forum who work part of the time at home. How do you set yourselves up?

  • #2
    ah, the home office

    Even if I didn't work from home, I'd need a home office just to handle home affairs! So I have a table in the dining room with the printer, scanner, phone, Airport base station, inboxes, etc, and a wooden 3-drawer filing cabinet. Oh, and a good task chair -- do NOT skimp on the task chair (any more than you would skimp on the filing cabinet), or you will come up with any excuse to avoid doing actual work at home. Trust me.

    The "portable" parts of the system, that go with me from home office to work office, are my laptop and a pair of Levenger travelling inboxes (nylon zip holders). One holds project support material and my "to read" stack; the other is my travelling tickler file.

    If you have a computer here which does not get backed up in your work office, some thought to a backup system will save time and aggravation later. I have a FireWire drive which plugs into the laptop, which uses Retrospect to back itself up nightly. Since I have a Mac (and I believe in redundancy when it comes to backups), I also back up key files over the net using .Mac.


    • #3
      A tip on backups if you don't have an networked offsite solution like .Mac: get two drives and put one in a safe deposit box at the bank. Back up your computer weekly to the drive at home and swap the drives between home and bank monthly. That way, if your house burns down or is flooded or is robbed, you will still have a copy of your data at the bank.


      • #4
        I have a category in my blog related to Workplace ...

        One of my favorite topics, you asked for it:

        This is the best article to get started with, it has a pretty good description of my Office physically

        This one is about it from a technology standpoint

        This one is about my passion for multiple monitors

        This one WorkSpace design in general

        If you want to read more, probably not at this point!! You can check out all of my Workspace postings here:

        And all of my home working ones here, (some duplicates with previous)