While I am a big fan
of snow days in general, this week in Seattle has been tough.It snowed surprisingly hard for a while and I
was unable to make it to our offices on Monday.
While this is not a
terrible situation, it meant I had to work from home for the day.I'm not personally a big fan of working from
home.There are several reasons for this
and the biggest is probably that "home is where I go when I am done
working."Mentally, it is tough for
me to stay focused when I am home.
Another reason is
the limited hardware I have at home, specifically multiple monitors.I'm lucky enough to have 2 monitors at my
desk (three if you count my laptop) at work.That makes debugging and testing in general much easier - run Tableau on
one monitor, debug on the other.I've
written a few
articles about this in the past andI do not have this at home.Typing on one monitor is simply frustrating for the work I do.
I also miss the
interaction with my team.Sometimes I
just need a simple question answered which is pretty fast if folks are around
me.At home, I have to rely on instant
messaging, email or whatever and the delay can leave me blocked for a while.
Finally, my home
network is not as fast as our work building.Frustrating.
The task I CAN do at
home is paperwork.Updating
documentation, reading designs, giving feedback, etc… are the types of work I
can complete at home and not feel distracted.As luck would have it, I had about a day's worth of reading and online
training to complete while snowed in, so the day went pretty well.
Now, back to the
office and (real) work!
concerns and criticisms always welcome,