If you've ever WFHed before, you're well aware of how utterly awesome it is. Some Hurricane Sandy survival guides, such as Derek Thompson's at The Atlantic emphasize strong coffee, strong internet, and no distractions - three strong pillars of any productive work plan. There is, however, a distinct difference between the bed-to-couch commute familiar to the standard WFH experience and the WFHurricane situation that nearly one million New Yorkers have faced over the past week per Hurricane Sandy.
My biggest takeaway from the past several days I've spent cycling from 80th st down to Brooklyn (with a few pit stops at my Lower Manhattan apartment)? You gotta shower.
Maybe don't suit up in full style, but at the least put some pants on. Working from home feels great for about the first 12 hours. Working from home doesn't feel so great after hour 34 and the farthest you've left the bed (okay, sofa) you've been sleeping on is the hallway outside. After spending an egregious amount of time holed up in an apartment, the best thing to do (at least for productivity) is to create some semblance of normalcy.
Again, this only really applies if you actually need to get work done. Otherwise, most people would say find the silver lining and take the time to catch up on sleep/rest/letting your family know you're safe - all equally important things.
p.s. - A big thanks to Dan (and his creative new food based start-up) for the extra roof these days.