# Outside In

I've often read that the key to successful telecommuting is focus. Not getting yourself distracted by being at home, not letting yourself stray from the computer, etc., etc.

Somehow, I've never had that sort of problem - anything outside the screen just doesn't exist until it either moves, makes noises at me, or, in extreme cases, both.

However, telecommuting when you're sick sucks, because there's no avoiding ear ache, sniffling and throbbing temples - they get in the way by the gist of sitting somewhere between your locus of conscious thought and the screen.

You can do stuff in this state, but it's pretty much like Adventure in a way:

: look
You are in bed, going through e-mail on your laptop.
You see an e-mail you flagged last Thursday.
: open e-mail
The e-mail contains a detailed overview of a project. There is a PowerPoint
attachment.
: open attachment
You open the attachment and read through the slides, taking notes as you go.
Time passes.
: sniffle
You inhale and exhale quickly. The pressure in your inner ear makes it crackle
like the needle in an old phonograph. The discomfort fades.
: look
You are sitting in bed, looking at your computer. Notepad is open.
Time passes.