Well, most of us work-at-homers can probably tell you, it ain't like that. Here's a little touch of reality-
Hint - it's not like this.
Deliveries - your spouse forgets to tell you (till the night before) that a very important FedEx/parcel is coming next day. The window of delivery? 8am-1pm, or 1pm till 6pm. Oh great, 'cause of course you have no kids to get to school, no errands (read "food buying") to run, no Post Office visit to make. Nothing like that. Though you'd love not to have to leave the house, the reality is you sometimes have to. (Hint - a one-time missed delivery usually does the trick. Spouses, if they can, arrange to have stuff sent to work thereafter.)
Workmen - ditto hanging around for workmen to show up. And if they have to come more than once, they seem to know you're in a lot and they start showing up at whatever-the-heck o'clock.
Being asked to do stuff - word gets round very quickly that you're at home, which often also translates to watching other people's children, for a little while, in an emergency, a one-time only thing. Thank you so much. Similarly, when the school is looking for volunteers (of which I do a lot), working from home, for some reason, also seems to mean "doesn't have much to do".
Technical problems - when you work in an office, there's usually someone around to fix the technical stuff (unless that's your actual job). At home - it's up to you and nothing gets done till the problem is fixed. And sometimes it can take hours out of your day.
Me, this morning -
- go to retrieve a file, which is stored on our home server. (Don't ask me why we have a home server.)
- Laptop isn't "talking" to the server, so can't access the file.
- Switch server off, wait five minutes, clean up kitchen, switch server back on.
- Still nothing.
- Power down laptop, switch off server. Feed dog. Switch both back on.
- Can see server on "devices" but can't connect.
- Restart laptop. Eat apple while letting it "warm up".
- Still can't get to document.
- Hit upon fabulous idea of finding the last e-mail I attached it to, download document to my desktop.
- Voila. (Now all I need to remember is that I'm now making changes on my desktop version.)
And don't get me started on all the distractions.....