Snow Day!

Snow Day!

When Time Off Means Time to Work

When you work from home, you greet the prospect of a snow day much differently than most people.  Before I started working out of the home part time, I can remember being almost disappointed on snow days -- sure, I wasn't forced to go somewhere, as I often was when I worked in child care or retail (businesses that didn't close on snow days), but then again, I couldn't use the snow as an excuse not to work.

Things are a little different now that I'm working a part-time job in addition to the work I do from home.  After a couple of rather busy days, I was actually glad when I got a snow day today: It meant that I wouldn't be able to go to work (or anywhere else), which gave me a whole day at home with my computer.  Instead of a disappointment, it felt like a luxury.

It started snowing last night, and we knew ahead of time that it was going to be a big one -- with enough advance that my husband was able to get the day off of work, and the family I work for as an after-school nanny told me not to worry about coming over if the roads are bad and school is canceled.  Good thing -- when we got up this morning, there was close to a foot of snow, and it hasn't stopped coming down all day.

I'm afraid I haven't used the time as productively as I could have -- my husband is home, so we've worked on a puzzle and watched a movie together, and I read for a little while.  It's a case of having too much time at my disposal: It makes it too tempting to say, "I'll do it later today."  But I've also had some time to work on a few administrative things and other tasks that needed to be done.  And since tomorrow will be the same (Saturday being a day I usually work), I anticipate knocking a few items off my to-do list then, too.

What about you?  If you had a day or two stuck at home with your computer, what would you get done?