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Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

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I need to kick the laptop out of bed

Categories: balance, the new office, working mobile


As I type this, I’m sitting in the middle of my bed in our RV. I’m wearing the black leggings and tank top I put on underneath a black wrap dress when I got dressed in at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco two days ago. That outfit was cute, but two days of working from my bed later and, well, the smell is more of a concern than the appearance.

I was in this same spot — and obviously in these same clothes — for the entirety of yesterday. I had a couple days of work to get through before we packed up and spent today traveling to our next destination. Putting my head down and focusing on work ahead of hygiene and sunshine made sense yesterday because I knew I was losing the following day to travel.

However, I now find myself stranded in Petaluma, California thanks to snow between here and Reno, Nevada — and facing another day on the bed.

Despite my declarations about wanting to exercise each morning, I’m still stuck in the same cycle of waking up and jumping right into work. I’ve started setting an alarm to make sure I wake up early, only to find that I’m typing away on the laptop earlier in the day instead of using the extra pre-dawn hours for physical activity. Actually, the very first thing I do is grab my iPhone and check my email - and then I open the laptop to handle those emails and get started on the day’s writing.

This is insane. I haven’t showered in two days. I have spent probably 45 of the last 48 hours in my bed, literally, since my bed has become my mobile office.

I took to Twitter on Tuesday and asked if any other work-from-home types had trouble stopping themselves from jumping right into work in the morning, even before the morning shower and what-not. Several people said that showering helps them feel more productive (as does exercise.)

The funny thing is, exercising, showering, and getting properly dressed makes me more productive, too. I just haven’t been doing that. Waking up in my office and having both my laptop and iPhone at arm’s length has proven to be much to tempting (or distracting, depending on how you look at it.)

Again, this is insane. Insane. I’ve been living and working on the road for 9 months and still haven’t mastered the morning routine!

I work from my bed because my kids use our dining room table area for school. I don’t usually go to coffee shops or local libraries if we have reliable internet at our campgrounds because it is faster, less expensive, and just plain easier to work from my bed. But all that “convenience” is keeping me from living the life I want on work days - a life outside of the RV, outside of my bed, for Pete’s sake. (On my off days, I do lots of exploring, but the two extremes are leaving me feeling unbalanced.)

It’s time to try something new, and I think the first place to start is with getting all the electronics out of the bed. The laptop needs to be put away at the end of the night, making me more likely to hold off opening it until I’ve exercised and gotten dressed. The iPhone can be plugged in at the table instead of bed side, making me more likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms but less likely to start my day with social media.

Let’s see how this goes…

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2 comments so far...

  • Good luck!

    Megan  |  March 7th, 2012 at 11:31 am

  • I’m right there with you. I even had one of those hospital tray tables in my bedroom so I could work on my laptop and have a built-in desk I could just swing away when I finally turned the light out. Donated the table last year and banished the laptop from the bedroom very soon after.

    Cate O'Malley  |  March 19th, 2012 at 3:34 pm