Steve, this editorial has really fired my imagination! My wife has been talking about something like this for a long time. I've thought of it, as something to do "some day". But, your putting the idea of a home office in context of Coronavirus, with the possibility of this dragging on even longer, has made me realize that maybe doing this sooner would be better.
I've been wanting to work from home (WFH) for many years, but haven't had the opportunity. When we were first ordered to WFH in March, it was a challenge. I moved from couch to kitchen table, every day. Quickly I realized that wasn't going to work, so I cleared an old military desk off that's in the living room. I set up my work laptop with a small TV we have, which has a HDMI port. I connected that to the laptop's docking port and have been using it ever since. That arrangement works. And I do have one big advantage over over people here on SSC. I don't have young children underfoot. And my dog doesn't demand a lot of attention from me. But our home is small. With my work laptop arrangement, there's two desktops and the work laptop that take up about a third of the living room. Plus that old military desk is COLD! I'm sitting here wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, but also wearing fingerless gloves. It's either that or my wrists will ache with the pain of the cold, metal desk. It would be nice to open up the living room space. And my wife has also said that she'd want to use an external dedicated space for her work.
My wife has really favored using Tuff Shed for this dedicated space. (I don't know if Tuff Shed is available outside of the US, so here's a link so you can get an idea.) I'm very curious to know if others on this list, have experience with Tuff Shed dedicated spaces or not? I'd love to know how it went for you.
Steve, the one cautionary note in your editorial is something I've got to consider. The one where your friend found that being out in a dedicated space, away from the rest of their family, was harder than they realized, so they went back into the house. I've adapted well to WFH, but I don't know if that would be a problem for me or not. Its something I've got to think about before I take the leap.
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