My first remote experience
typealias Coroutine = Quarantine
I hope you get the joke….
Well, it has been a very rough year for me, “motion-ally” and emotionally. I moved to Germany just when all these corona fear started. Luckily I got time to get introduced to the team and the project and got ready to start fresh . And then, since the situation with the epidemic wasn’t getting any better, the company decided to switch to home office.
But how is it?
At QuickBird Studios, we had everything under control. They even posted a blog post themselves about the home office switch. However, I didn’t want to provide guidelines more than I would like to share my own experience with remote work. Since it was my first time, I thought I should blog about it.
He who lives close to his school, is always late.
This Indian expression persecutes me on every step of my life. When I try to find a shortcut, I always end up on the longer way. What I mean is, nowadays that I am close to the computer, I get online at about 08:00 - 08:05 every day. While when I have to go to the office, I always end up at 07:40 - 07:50. And trust me, those 10 minutes on the morning are very important to open your eyes and realize what spaghetti you made one day before.
Empty the refrigerator
I lost control on food these last 2 years. Ever since I quit jogging, I gained 20 KG. But if you and your company are switching to remote work I wouldn’t recommend to stay close to the fridge. Especially if you are a very lazy person for sports. Most importantly stay away from Snakes…..
typealias Snakes = Snacks
Politics > science
The title of this section could be a pretty nice click-bait. But my intention is to talk about communication. You have to be careful to be as kind as you are when you speak when you are talking to your colleges.
Enjoy the time off
I usually have a one hour break, and whatever the problem is, I really try not to think about work on my time off, even though the computer is two steps away from me.
Concentration > hard work
It’s normal that you might get distracted a lot at home, especially when there are other people there too. But, if you get distracted it’s better to have a short break than stare to the computer trying to understand Java’s null.
We are software engineers
Well, what I mean is that normally, it should not matter that much. Home office or Office Office, as a software engineer the it’s pretty easy, wherever you are. The conditions are nearly the same. Just get the work done….
With the eastern post-communist culture, I must say it: I am hell a lot of more disciplined when I get up, get the bus/train to work, work there for the required hours and than get back to enjoy some quality time with family, watch a TV show or whatever. However, all the things I mentioned above are truly what remote work has taught me. And it’s only one week, no wonder how much I can learn more during all these time at home-office.