My two cats have taught me many good home office habits.
Most of these lessons have been learned the hard way, so
maybe I can help you avoid the heartbreak of blank
computer screens and other home office disasters by
sharing a few tips I have learned along the way.
1. Save your work...again, and again, and again...
There are many ways to lose all your computer work. One of
them is if your cat falls off the monitor onto your keyboard.
(One for Bugger...)
2. Always treat your cat with the utmost respect (you are
allowed to be excessive in this matter; the more
subservient you are, and sometimes even downright
grovelling, the better).
If you toss your cat off your desk out of anger, her first
reaction is to take all paperwork with her.
(Two for Bugger...)
3. If anything at all EVER goes wrong with your
computer, first check the location of your cat.
One day I suddenly could not keep a window open on my
computer. No matter what I did, no window would stay
open, one would flicker on for a moment then disappeared
again. I rebooted, that didn't help. Finally I moved my
cat 1 centimeter to the left, away from the keyboard.
Voila, problem solved. The cat was ever-so-slightly leaning
on the Esc key.
(One for Pesto...)
4. At the end of every work session, file all your paperwork.
Do not leave a single scrap of paper on your desktop.
In this case, the excuse "the dog ate my homework" needs
to be corrected by exchanging "cat" for "dog".
(Two for Pesto...)
5. Never drink while sitting at your desk.
When your cat tries to drink out of your glass, she may get
her head stuck in it and then...you don't want to hear the
rest, it's not pretty...
(Three for Pesto...)
6. Work when it's time to work, play when it's time to play.
And don't play in your office, or your cats will come to expect
it. Once your cat discovers the cursor, or anything else that
moves on the monitor, she will insist on playing.
Typical behavior will include planting herself in front of the
computor screen, mere millimeters away, for hours.
Or, if you play "offline" in your office with your cat, she may
develop the habit of climbing your chest and oh-so-gently
pushing your face away from looking at the monitor and
towards looking at her.
(Four for Pesto, three for Bugger, respectively...)
And of course if you have more than two cats, the lessons
If you do find that your furry friends are preventing you from
conducting your home business, here is a helpful link,
guaranteed to buy you some much-needed alone time:
"Cat Bathing as a Martial Art" by Bud Herron
Even cat bathing teaches valuable lessons to a home
business owner, for cat bathing requires perseverance and
courage of conviction.
Now that you've learned these valuable lessons, good fortune
with your home business (and with your pets). You are now
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Glenn Beach is a poet, writer and home business entrepreneur in Nova Scotia, Canada. Free newsletter, more articles, and business start-up info at: http://www.work-at-home-business-opportunity-canada.com
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