Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tele-commuting; day 1

Day 1 of the 6 month experiment went well. I already had a workspace set up at home as you can see in the photo. Fitting another computer in there wasn't a problem.
I was able to get quite a bit of work done and keep in contact with coworkers and clients via phone, email and ichat. The technology is living up to the hype.
We've have: Google calendar to keep on top of everyone's schedule, Egnyte for online file storage, FunctionPoint for agency project management, a VoiceOver IP phone, email and ichat. That pretty much covers all our bases.
The personal benefits of working from home are already bearing fruit as I did some laundry and made a batch of granola this morning.
The only downside, so far is the barking dog next door.


Home sweet home

I started my day pedaling my child to his preschool with the trail bike, pedaling downtown to an appointment and pedaling back to my home office to start my work day.

I didn't have to throw together "office clothes" to change into, put on make up or pack a lunch because today is my first day working from home. I think its working out quite nicely.

We have technology in place so that my co-workers and I can communicate and collaborate as if we were all still sharing a physical space. I think I've actually talked more to my boss Edward (via ichat mostly, also phone and email) today than we usually do - but he's usually away from the office more than he is today.

I've written copy, assigned tasks, talked to clients, created estimates, and done all sorts of other ad agency type stuff today and I believe I've been pretty productive. I also got to graze all day long and, as any of my co-workers will attest, this is a BIG deal for me. I really like food and need lots of it to be happy. I have spent many a whiny day at the old physical office whinning about how hungry I was.

So, day one into this 6-month experiment is coming to close and so far so good.