I would say the biggest struggle with working from home is the lack of interacting with people in the flesh. Most of the day, I’m by myself at home — with the cat.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that I have my cat to keep me company. Otherwise, I don’t think I would do as well. Maybe not that, but my days would sure be boring. She adds some funny moments to my day and/or welcome challenges (i.e. walking right in front of my computer), but it’s never anything that would compromise my daily tasks.
In general, it’s nice to have a pet. I love animals and till now, I haven’t been living in a situation where an animal would be comfortable in my home. My husband and I are in the position to give an animal a good amount of time and space.
My day starts with Xena (my cat) waking me up. I wake up when my husband does, but I still pretty much stay in bed (no commute!). She motivates me to be productive before I enter my office by stepping on my face.
Then, I get my coffee ready with her dashing back and forth down the hall. When I finally settle in my office, she LOVES to sleep on my printer or go by the window. She occasionally walks back and forth on my desk, which gives me the opportunity to give her a quick hug. Also, she takes some naps on my lap.
Yeah, yeah…I probably sound like the crazy cat mom. I’m totally okay with that. She gives me a sense of comfort, especially when I’m by myself. With my husband leaving for TDY, I’m extra glad she’s around.