How can I get some work done on vacation without being an asshole?
July 2, 2014 12:08 PM Subscribe
So, my boyfriend of six months and I are heading to NYC tonight and staying 'til Sunday. I have a up against a wall with an approaching work deadline and because of my own poor planning will need to do a little bit of chipping-away-at-it while we're there. I need to carve out three or four 3/4-hour (ish) focused working sessions during our trip, and I wanted to ask the hive mind if anyone familiar with the city could suggest any non-awful ways to handle this. Light flurries inside...
posted by sixswitch to Human Relations (36 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
- the work I have to do is coding, so it's very portable. I can work pretty much anywhere, but it really has to be three or four-hour chunks — less time is useless. So I need power and internet (I likely won't have a data plan, but could get one for the right idea!)
- he's a writer but doesn't want to write right now, and he teaches but just finished for the year. So co-working is probably out: he's in vacation mode.
- we're staying in Brooklyn (Borough Hall), borrowing a flat from his cousins.
I was thinking if we could find somewhere with interesting books and nice space, he would probably be happy exploring/reading for a couple hours while I work. Any location suggestions?
He's also a morning person, and I'm a night owl, so I was thinking maybe I might get a night shift done. But that means no drinking for me that evening...so I get to play spoilsport :(
And we do a pretty good job with talking things through and communicating well. I just want to try and find elegant ways to mitigate this annoying vacation behaviour. I'm also trying to think of ways to show him I'm really happy to be on vacation with him / nice things to do for him to make up for it.
Specific ideas or any general advice, anything is welcome. I like this guy and really, really, really don't want to screw this up!