The news that up to 40 per cent of public servants in the UK would be permitted to work from home for seven weeks as part of a bid to ease transport congestion during the Olympics - was greeted with derision by the private sector.
But those of us who work from home know it's not as easy. It requires organisation, self-discipline and experience. By following a few simple guidelines, anyone can make an extended working-from-home stint productive.
■Create a dedicated work space: Set aside an area that can serve as a self-contained office. It doesn't have to be tidy, well lit, comfortable or airy. You won't be spending much time there.
■Multitask: Power up your computer and open the following windows: email, official; email, personal; eBay; YouTube; spreadsheet application; Facebook; web pages related to your weird hobby. This comprises your work-life balance. Start juggling.
■Don't just work from home - let home-working work for you: Take this opportunity to order all those goods that won't fit through your letter box. Learn the harmonica while typing with one hand.
■Eat lunch at your desk: This will make you feel slightly hard done by, which will in turn make you feel like you have done some work. Also, you really shouldn't eat lunch in bed.
■Tweet with care: Monitor the traffic all you like, but be careful about contributing. Sending a tweet that says: ''Best Cash in the Attic EVER!!'' will only alert office-based colleagues to the fact that you are at a loose end watching daytime TV.
■Snack sensibly: Let's face it - you're probably going to eat a lot of biscuits, out of either boredom or a sense of entitlement. I can only suggest that you confine yourself to biscuits you don't really like. You'll still eat them, but over the course of seven weeks it will make a big difference to your overall intake.
■Go outside: By virtue of having to commute and conduct personal business at lunchtime, most office workers spend at least a little bit of their day outdoors. The home-worker, by contrast, can go for weeks without putting on shoes. Make a point of going out to stand in the sun once or twice a day.