Words on Wednesday: working at home

Like so many of us around the globe, I am working for home at the moment.

Hello ducks

While my work mostly clothes sit in the wardrobe, I am trying not to just be totally scruffy and dressed for the weekend, though I am wearing interesting socks at times, and love just wearing my Birkenstock’s instead of shoes all day.

One of the advantages of working at home

I have set up my working area upstairs, which is good (away from the kitchen) and bad (when the sunshine, it gets hot sitting in the window). Staring out the window though is a welcome distraction at times, especially when the weather is interesting, such as this morning’s mist and sunshine at the same time.

The weather this morning

It is hard to work at home at times though. The day is punctuated with tea breaks, lunch, the 1pm and 3pm updates on the situation here in New Zealand, a final team meeting of the day, perhaps half a barre class (today), with work accompanied by a never ending stream of podcasts (such as The Happiness Lab and Table Manners).

Staring out of the window again

It is not so easy working at home every day, especially as the country is in lockdown as well, so no chances to meet someone for lunch or to to an actual Pilates class. Anyone else struggling or have good tips? It is not as if I work for myself, I have things to do for the organisation I work for. Handy hints very welcome!

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram@thistleandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on thistlesandkiwis@gmail.com


  1. As a novelist, I have been working at home for a long time. It is hard to put the distractions aside and buckle down, but I have been pretty successful at focusing on the task at hand—writing, revising, editing. However, that applies to normal times. These are not normal times, and I have a had difficulty focusing on Book Four, which I started just after the new year. My advice? Cut yourself a little slack. Give yourself time to adapt to this new, terrible situation. As one writer put it, this is marathon, not a sprint. Eventually you will be able to settle into the new reality. Good luck and take care.


  2. You have a lovely view to enjoy while you work. My pilates class is now taking place on Zoom as is my book club. It’s not quite as good as being in the room but better than nothing.


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