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why i've been missing + working from home during covid

 
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I wrote a blog post about what I learned working from home during covid and why I want to work from the office. I also included a section on why I replied to three months of book errata postings this weekend. (Which is why I cross posted this in a cert forum.)

I'm all caught up now and should be able to reply to readers in a more timely fashion now. It was awesome seeing how moderators and readers of the book picked up the slack though!
 
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Much appreciated.

When evaluating "work from home situations" there are several variables:

1. the person (a constant from any particular person's point of view maybe, tho we change over time)
2. the work (nature, quantity, scheduling, how-easy-it-is-to-collaborate-in-necessary-ways-while-remote)
3. the home (big house with nicely set-up office, separate from everything else including side-project/fun computing, studio apartment, etc.)
4. who is sharing the home?  A snuggly cat that loves watching you work and providing moral support, two dogs that need to be walked three times a day, five kids that get into noisy and embarrassing fights you need to break up while you are trying to run a meeting...
5. commute being avoided -- commute from hell would be a plus working from home.  fun, enjoyable short commute would just contribute to the context-switching problems you and many others experienced.

So while those vary, I deeply appreciate you sharing your personal experiences, and I hope I didn't muck things up too much with any of the questions I tried to help answer while you were away.
 
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Jesse Silverman wrote:who is sharing the home?  A snuggly cat that loves watching you work and providing moral support


Sounds great, doesn't it?  Except that same cat will probably also want to walk all over your keyboard anytime you're not paying attention to him.
 
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I was interested in the part about riding the subway to and from work -- I always used to take the bus, or ride my bicycle, or a couple of times I even ran home. It certainly does give you time with no pressure. Whereas driving to and from work seems to be a high-pressure situation for a lot of people, something which I was glad I could avoid.
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:

Jesse Silverman wrote:who is sharing the home?  A snuggly cat that loves watching you work and providing moral support


Sounds great, doesn't it?  Except that same cat will probably also want to walk all over your keyboard anytime you're not paying attention to him.


We have a "team cat". (She attends all our video calls.) We quickly adopted a convention that the cat's owner is not allowed to be host on any calls because the cat would hang up for us.
 
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