This week I tried out telecommuting for the first time. The commute itself couldn’t get much easier:
Step 1) Turn on your computer
Step 2) Log in and start working
So, the real story is how I planned for my commute and how it went.
I’m not a regular telecommuter, so for me, this commute started last week when I went to my boss with my telecommute proposal. I outlined specific tasks I planned to accomplish during my telecommute day, and how I could be reached by coworkers and customers while working from home.
I also had to devise a plan for how to deal with the fact that my dog might misinterprets my telecommute day with an “I’m-so-happy-you-stayed-home-so-we-can-play” day. I toyed with the idea of taking her to doggie daycare so she would be out of the house, but decided that driving her across town, just to come right back home, pretty much defeated to purpose of clean commuting. Instead, I dropped her off at doggie daycare on my way to work the day before my telecommute, counting on the fact that the post-play-day-exhaustion would last at least 24 hours.
Yesterday, I was determined the make my telecommute day as much like my normal work day as possible. I woke up at my typical time, dressed in my typical office attire, and even took my pup on her typical pre-work-walk.
Coffee in hand, I logged in just before 8 AM and started answering emails. …which took me a little longer than expected because the laptop I was using was much slower than my PC at work…which, of course, led to a Task Manager search to determine if there were any background programs I could safely disable…and shortly thereafter a realization that I don’t have the expertise to determine which would be safe to disable and that I just had to deal with it.
After my foray into computer diagnostics, I decided to tackle a technology I DO understand—Facetime! I used it to check-in with a few of my coworkers, get updates on joint projects, and combat my sense of isolation.
Before I knew it, it was lunch time and I took advantage of being at home by walking my dog around the park. No good deed goes unpunished, and so it was when I was STUNG by a BEE just a few blocks from home. So the rest of the day of spent alternating between working and applying hydrocortisone cream to my leg. My happy puppy spent the afternoon napping.
Week 9 Stats:
Travel Time: 60 seconds
Bee Stings: 1