Weekly Blur

Today is… Wednesday. Yes. That seems correct. Honestly, without checking the calendar, I don’t know the days of the week anymore. I know that there are two days of time off every interval, but most of the days have been blurring together.

I think this is because of the weird schedule I’ve been keeping with regard to work and my location. Normally, whatever that means anymore, I would wake up, take a shower, get dressed, eat, prep, go to work; Come home, clean, eat, sleep; Repeat.

Right now, we spend a lot of time doing whatever needs to be done at the time. Sometimes that’s work, sometimes that’s entertaining ourselves, sometimes that’s cleaning up a mess in the house. The distinction is not really made clear.

The only time it is clear is when I’m rotated into going to the office. Since I’m “essential”, I spend some time in the office doing mostly office things. This schedule feels familiar, but I don’t care much for it. Getting extra rest instead of commuting was nicer.

I’m not sure if this whole telework thing is for me, permanently, but I do know that right now, I prefer it. I think a lot of introverts like me are enjoying the “safer-at-home” lifestyle, if they didn’t already live it prior to this whole pandemic mess. I also think it’s going to change the way we think about work. Some for good, some for bad.

Honestly, a lot of the work we do is now able to be done remotely, so long as the infrastructure exists to support it. This has been a live-fire test showing that lots of companies can support it. Whether we do or not going forward will be up to us all.

What I’m Feeling

The world is getting a face full of COVID-19 and is not taking it well. Many places are closed or have changed their procedures. Places like Starbucks have gone to drive through only. Other places where people congregate have just closed altogether. Techy companies are moving any available workers to remote-work.

Except me. I’m here in the office. I was actually looking forward to working from home, since it’s a much more comfortable environment and I could get some stuff done. I’m a home-body, so I think I would have really enjoyed it.

Well, I’m somehow deemed “critical”. So much for that staycation.

Additionally, Animal Crossing is delayed delivery due to this stupid virus. Our anniversary trip to Disney is canceled. Our Disney cruise is also similarly canceled. My son now has to take his instruction via the web and even my goddamn weigh loss group is going to Zoom.

Work is also piling on. We have constant meetings with Microsoft regarding issues with their Outlook client. Demanding logs of all shapes and sizes be uploaded and proof, undeniable proof, is levied before they lift a finger. I also have been conscripted to develop PowerShell scripts that I’ve never done before, and for deployment to masses of users.

I feel beat down. Burnt out. Tired.

I tried to take a walk. I was interrupted for more work.

I finally got outside. It feels like a middle-finger seeing all the people out, having a good time, walking and talking to friends. Basically the opposite of what we’re supposed to be doing.

I just don’t care anymore.

Virus

Well, it finally hit. We’re being sent home to work remotely as much as possible while still supporting the business. I can’t say that I blame them. There is a non-zero chance of a massive outbreak that cripples your workforce.

That being said. I think it’s high time to check out some articles, books, some blogs and podcasts on remote work.

Be safe, people.