More people than ever before are working from home and a lot of them are using their laptops in BED.
In a recent poll, half of 1,000 workers said they read or respond to work emails from bed. A British study of 329 workers found that nearly 1 in 5 of them spends two to 10 hours a week working from bed.
This is partly because work has become so international. In the November 14th edition of the Wall Street Journal, Sue Shellenbarger quotes one bed worker as saying, "When you work with people all around the world, it is difficult to avoid."
She quotes lawyer David Spiegel his work night ritual helps him "catch up and make sure everything is buttoned up, so I know I'm going into the next day prepared."
Some people do their best work in bed. Shellenbarger quotes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic as saying that he wrote "a shocking amount" of his 19 books of poetry from bed. Even when he was given an office overlooking the Capitol during his tenure as US Poet Laureate, he preferred his bed, where "everything flows much better."
But not everyone agrees. Shellenbarger quotes technology writer Daniel Sieberg as saying that, for many people, working in bed is a step toward being "overrun by technology." He has since made his bedroom a "device-free zone."
And not everyone thinks that bed-working increases efficiency. Productivity trainer Laura Stack says she has seen a doubling of clients in the past decade who work from their sleep space, but she thinks this often just gives them an excuse to procrastinate during the workday. Shellenbarger quotes her as saying, "They think, 'I'll just put in a few hours at home in bed tonight anyway, so I have plenty of time to check (my Facebook account) and price tickets for my next vacation.'" She advises people to keep the bedroom off-limits for everything except sleep and sex. Lots of people eat in bed, although crumbs can be a problem, because they adhere to the belief that if nobody sees you eating, what you consume doesn't "count."
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