The Work Goes On
A not-quite-accurate look at how I work from home is the latest entry from Steve’s Sketchbook.
This was just a quick sketch. So I did not take the time to include more details, like pictures hanging on the walls, or all of the stuff on my work desk. It really isn’t junk. Really. And there are a few other things in the room with me. It isn’t just me and the computer desk in here. There are plenty of other things to take up space in this room, but I am not complaining. Plus, you don’t see here all of the cords and cables required for computers these days. Won’t it be nice when everything is truly cordless? Except for having to constantly charge all of the batteries? Unless, of course, you happen to work in a factory that makes power cords or computer cables. In that case, you might not want everything to be cordless anytime soon.
Anyway, as I said, just a quick sketch. And as I have said several times before, I am not a trained artist. So you won’t be seeing my work in a gallery somewhere.
But taking a few minutes to make a sketch like that helps to break up the day some. Which is nice.
Working from Home
One of the changes that many of us have experienced with COVID-19 is that we now work from home. And it definitely has its good points. No commute time, no gasoline usage, lunch breaks with family, and a relaxing environment are the first ones that come to mind. The phone doesn’t ring all that often, there are plenty of snacks in the house, and the dress code is relaxed. I guess I am old fashioned enough that I make sure to put on “real” clothes before I go upstairs to work each day. Not necessarily the same clothes I would wear to the office, but I change out of my pajamas first. I guess there would be more temptation not to work if I were wearing pajamas, maybe?
Yes, there are also some downsides, such as some situations where I need something that is at the office. Or when I can’t ask for immediate advice without picking up the phone or sending an email. Fortunately, that has not happened all that often.
I know from emails and phone calls that several colleagues in the engineering and architecture world are in the same situation, as are several others with different jobs that do not require being at a specific physical location. It is more of an adjustment for some than for others, but everyone seems to be doing pretty well with it overall, from all that I have seen and heard. Which is a good thing, given that we don’t really have too much of a choice in the matter.
I am thankful for all of the modern technology that we have that makes it possible to work from home without too many difficulties. And I am praying for those whose jobs don’t allow them to do that. Especially healthcare workers.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10