Working from home has always been my utopia, I think because it appealed to me the idea of not having to drive to work and search for parking, and I could wear whatever I wanted.
Well, the commute was rather crap to be honest, getting out of bed and walking to my desk took maybe a minute, and parking (my arse) in my chair resulted in my purchasing a new one after only two days. Jokes aside, I’ve come to both appreciate the benefits and negatives that come from working from home.
The benefits for me have come in the form of my having bought a high resolution monitor that have really changed how I’ve been able to work. I have long worked now on multi-monitor, however this new monitor is in itself the equivalent of four monitors in an array 2×2. I installed Microsoft’s Powertoys for Windows 10 on my first day at home, Fancy Zones has been such a godsend, allowing NGV me to drag a window within a zone and have our snap and consume that zone.
Perhaps the biggest negatives any at home worker faces is the lack of social interaction. It is strange to no longer be able to say ‘hi’ to colleagues I’ve worked with for several years, to hear their news, and to even drop down to one of the on-campus cafes for a coffee. To combat the quiet at home I’m playing dj podcasts, something I’d never do at work.
In getting ready for working at home I’ve also taken a financial hit, spending around $1,500 on both tech and furniture. I’ll be able to make a claim on things at tax time, though some will need to be depreciated rather than immediate claims, better than nothing I guess.
I wouldn’t say the utopian dream is lost on me working from home, however maybe its gloss has faded and the romanticism turned to realism.