Through Thick and Thin

At the end of every working week I like to try to make a rough guess at what the shape of my next week will be like. Which days will I make it into the office, and which ones will I work from home? I think this is only fair on my staff – and there is the little matter of booking a parking space!

Until a few months ago, there was no variation from week to week – I worked from home four days out of the five, and I had a brief visit to the office once a week, which was necessarily jammed full of (catch up) meetings. It was not a great way to work.

But over the last few months, my daughter’s recovery has finally reached the point where she is going to school most days. I now visit the office three, and sometimes four, days a week. I love this! I get to pick up a coffee from my favourite coffee shop to drink at my desk, I get to speak to my staff face to face, and I get to leave it all behind me when I trundle home again. Who would believe how much you could look forward to working in my shabby rundown office in the centre of town!

Next week is a bit of a gamble, though. My daughter’s recovery has experienced a bit of a set back – she is struggling to get through the days. The staff at school have suggested she spends more time at home for a couple of weeks. Does she need me to cancel my plans and work from home again? We tentatively agree that she will try staying at home alone,and we will monitor how this goes. This has proved a failure in the very recent past – with me having to abandon everything at work and rush home – but overall she is improving, and we will only know if we try.

It is, I know, completely impossible to explain to my colleagues at work why next week I will be a little jumpy, and sometimes a little short tempered.

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