Yesterday on Ann Wayman’s The Golden Pencil, she asked “How Do You Handle Your Phone?” That discussion seemed to center on whether a writer should be available by phone at all times, or if it is acceptable to turn off the phone during periods when you need to concentrate.
I think that is a good question for writers to examine, but I have another phone question for those of us who are work-at-home parents. Actually,Â the questionÂ probably applies to all work-at-home parents, not just those who write.Â
How do you deal with the “house” noise when you are on a business call?
By house noise, I mean that background noise that is inevitably there when you have a house full of kids: crying babies, loud kids, dogs barking, and so on.
When my kids were younger it seemed that the moment I got on the phone they had to have my attention. Even now, I have to remind them to be quiet when I am on the phone.
Sometimes I escape to my bedroom (the furthest room in the house from the living room) and shut the door. I have a friend who sits in her car in her garage to make business calls because it is the only please where she can be sure that she won’t be interrupted.
Others may just shrug the noise off and explain to their clients that they work at home.
What about you? What do you do?
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