I’m lucky enough to have a flexible employer. For the last few months I have been able to work from home. I really like this setup but I have noticed a few changes in the way I work.
The benefits are pretty obvious – no commute means I have extra time for both work and for family. It’s great to be around when my kids come home from school. When I commuted by bus, I tried to read up on things, if I was lucky enough to get a seat. The biggest problem when I did get a seat was that my late night Ant coding would catch up with me and I would fall asleep. Luckily that didn’t seem to happen when I drove to work. However I got there, getting to and from work was mostly a large waste of valuable time.
What I have found now, however, is that the removal of that transition between work to home causes me to just keep working. I now use just one system, rather than having a separate systems at work and home. When I come back to that system after a break, it is easier to resume working on the current problem than to transition to working on my personal stuff.
This is one of the reasons I have not been very active in Ant lately. I’m not upset at working on work stuff, since it’s all good fun for me but I do weant to keep in touch with external projects, such as Ant. Let’s see how I go ….