I have presumed often that a great advantage of working with computers is that you can do your work from anywhere. As a computational biologist, this has given me the opportunity for working from home and still be programming the solution to one or another problem. Downloading databases, and such, while, for instance, putting my then baby daughter to sleep.
The problem of being able to work from anywhere is that you actually can end up doing it. This means, you start working from anywhere all-the-time. This is me in a nutshell. Anyway, somewhere I read that it is healthy, and necessary, to take pauses every some period. Often the period referred to is about an hour. Well, I was not taking these pauses anyway. Work, work, work (interesting work, by the way).
So, once upon a time, my daughter was insisting on getting a dog. My wife would say no, but a dog won my wife’s heart, and here we are. We have a dog. It has been, I think, about a year since. The thing is, dogs are marvellous. In my case, this little hairy beast keeps interrupting me while I work, sometimes after one hour, sometimes after two, not very precise, but he interrupts me. Sometimes demanding that he “has” to go outside (wink, wink–forget “wink,” he wants to let go a piece of shit). Other times he is just bored and wants to play. He is quite insistent, and I finally comply. The end result? I go out to the garden much more often, which is a good thing. I can have some things done out there, like, now that Fall is here, sweeping the leaves, or just enjoy the view (I love the leaves right there where they land, so I don’t sweep them that often, unless they got ugly already). In fewer words, I take my pauses, I relax, I enjoy.
Do you want to make sure you get your pauses? There you have one suggestion. Get a dog.