The Olympic transport misery that everyone's been predicting is on finally on its way.
Athletes began pouring into the Olympic village today, according to the BBC, bringing not only supreme levels of personal talent and fitness, but congestion that'll take your breath away.
According to the editor of Real Business magazine, Vanessa Zainzinger, if London commuters haven't had time to make alternative arrangements, now is the time to start talking 'flexible working'.
"Working from home has rarely been more desirable than it is this summer. It's also, thanks to the glorious advances in telecommuting technology, never been easier," she tells Huffpost Lifestyle.
But how can you persuade your oh-so British boss, who equates time spent in the office with productivity, that you won't spend your days enjoying the synchronised swimming?
"For many commuters who waste time squeezing themselves through a sea of wet umbrellas, only to be greeted by a 20-minute delay due to another signal failure, it could be time to start working smarter," says Zainzinger.
"There are plenty of modern, perfectly justifiable reasons to take your work home. It's just a question of challenging your manager and telling them a few home truths."
Here are Vanessa Zainzinger's top ten ways to win the battle for flexible working...
My place is cheaper than yours
IBM saved £36m a year after reducing office space by two million square feet. Sure, you're just one person, but you could start a trend. If they let you start the movement, they could soon save the price of a management pay rise.
It's the green thing to do
Green in the profitable sense. Your boss might be the last person in the world to hug a tree, but the electricity costs in the business saved by you paying your own bills are a solid argument.
You'll make me very, very happy
Various studies that compared telecommuters to office-bound workers have found that telecommuters like their jobs more. So if feeling comfortable at home makes you more productive -- then that's good news for your boss.
I'll never be late again.
Oh, think of the hours and hours wasted in traffic, the amount of times you were tempted to rip out a bench on the underground train thanks to another rush-hour delay. Not anymore. Skype is never late for a meeting. It'll save your nerves and increase your availability.
I'll work more hours a day
Speaking of time wasted on transport, Cisco Systems determined in a 2009 study that 60% of the "saved" time from not having to commute is recycled back into work. It will also save you an insane amount of money spent on gas or Oyster card - ergo, you won't be so insistent on that pay rise anymore. It's a win-win, if there ever was one.
It's almost germ-proof
Have you seen the temperatures lately? Even with your daily dose of Berocca you're likely in for a round of the summer flu. It's warm at home, though. Warm and free of the spread of germs flying around with every sneeze on public transport and the bacteria sticking to the train seat. Staying healthy adds to work productivity and means you will need to head to the doctor less, and that's going to help keep your company's health insurance costs down too.
Everyone else is doing it
Okay, this is one of the more childish arguments in the mix. But it's valid. Even the American government is on board, ever since president Obama signed into law the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 that allows and encourages eligible workers to telecommute at least once a week.
Everybody works differently
I often spend the first few hours after crawling out of bed hugging an enormously sized mug of coffee and mentally blackmailing my brain that if it doesn't start functioning now, I'll start googling brain teasers. I'll probably, however, feel the urge to go on a writing spree at 7pm and not stop until 2am. Not everybody conforms to the 9 to 5 routine. You might find that by working in your own time, at home, your body will show its gratitude with a boost in productivity and attention span.
I know that if I don't work, I don't eat
In all honesty, how stupid do they think you are? You aren't trying to negotiate a deal for yourself that will allow you to slack off seven days a week. You watch the news, you know about the unemployment numbers and this 'recession' thing. You'll get your work done, because you know you have to.
Just because you can see me doesn't mean I'm working
Come on, let's be honest. Yes, you look focused staring at the screen, but that's only because you're about to lose at online poker. Mere presence doesn't equal productivity. It's time for them to accept this and wake up.