Working in Unusual Conditions: How do you cope?

By November 16, 2011Communications

The kitchen and sun room at my house are undergoing a complete overhaul. This means we’re without a kitchen entirely for approximately four weeks. (I can hear you laughing. I’m just telling you what the contractors said. I don’t actually believe that number, either.) So today I’m working from my couch with headphones trying to ignore the sound of a nailgun and general construction mayhem happening in the next room. I would work in my home office but it’s currently filled with the contents of my kitchen and sun room.

I’m plugged in to Spotify with headphones and trying to maintain concentration on projects that must move forward today. Work has to get done, no matter the circumstances.

What do you do to cope in unusual working conditions?



  • KenMueller says:

    I think I need to try the headphone thing. Since I work from my home, and there are always a few other family members home, I sometimes get frustrated. I also need to work outside of the house a bit more…

  • msprolesmartin says:

    Sounds very familiar – are there other circumstances.

  • msprolesmartin says:

    Sounds familiar! Are there other, more comfortable circumstances?

  • Marijean says:

    @KenMueller I work at OpenSpace pretty often, which helps. But sometimes everyone needs to be at home now and again.

  • Marijean says:

    @msprolesmartin OpenSpace is my comfortable circumstance.

  • Marijean says:

    @msprolesmartin Hey Mary — how did you deal with construction dust? I feel like I have asthma from breathing in all of this crap.

  • msprolesmartin says:

    @Marijean We literally moved out for part of it – Holly does have asthma and 1400 SF of drywall was hung, taped, mudded, and sanded – yikes! In general, you really do need to escape (at least to a different floor) until it settles. That was more unsettling to me than the noise in many ways.

  • barbara.hutchinson.1982 says:

    You might not want to leave the contractors alone in your house, but if that is not an issue you are always welcome to work in CHO offices!