In a surprise shift in my career, my customer and employer is now supporting work from home. After a few weeks of working from home 4 days of 5, here are a few surprising reflections:
- Not commuting is wonderful!
- I can happily wear Crocs and PJs 4 days out of 5. (We have no video meetings!) That whole idea of dress for success? Doesn’t apply when you’re in the groove in code.
- Makeup is an optional thing
- Jumping out to the gym in the middle of the day means fewer people => more access to the weights. And not having to be at work (and no video meetings) means showering is a thing that can be done when the work day is done… (No, you don’t want to share a home office with me on workout days…)
- Surprisingly, old people at the gym are the ones who are getting too close for my comfort in COVID times. Guess who’s at the gym in the middle of the day?
- Note that me being at the gym in the middle of the day suggests the logical inference that I am old, which I attempt to avoid acknowledging…
- While there are no distractions from too loud coworkers, the puppy who wants to play can consume some significant cycles that need to be accounted for in the timesheet
- Beer can be consumed, but should only be done (1) in the evening, (2) when you’re almost done anyway, and (3) used as a stopping function. E.g., I’m on beer #2, billable time is over!