The WFH routine

This is an interesting study in the evolution of the working day.

When I WFHed before, I’d catch up on overnight work stuff from the comfort of bed. I’d get up, shower, dress (I’d already walked the dogs at 5.30am) and would then assume my position at the laptop downstairs by 8.30am.

There would follow a normal working day which I’d wind up around 5.30pm.

That’s how the lockdown WFHing started out too, but things have gradually morphed.

Nowadays I still walk the dogs at 5.30am, I still go back to bed about 6.30am with tea and breakfast, and do the News and Twitter. And then I still catch up on overnight work stuff from the comfort of bed.

But in a change to published programmes, I go downstairs around 8.30am, boot up the laptop, take it back to bed and get stuck in to the usual routine of back-to-back conference calls meetings, project plans, finances and normal BAU.

Around 12.30/1pm I go downstairs, plug the power pack in and carry on working. The dogs are pleased to see me and so are the humans (usually), but I don’t get much time to socialise with any of them.

Round about 5.30pm I take a break, go up for a shower, change, come downstairs and eat tea with the family. Then I might pick up the baton again and work until 7pm-ish (unless I have network changes, in which case I could finish anywhere between 10pm and 2am).

The afternoon dog-exercising is done by the family; I’m usually on a daily critical call at walkies time.

The change in my routine, from getting showered and dressed in the morning to getting showered and dressed late in the afternoon has been gradual, but not exclusive.

Ian Dunt remarked the other day on his gradual slide to a less fastidious lifestyle.

So what changes have you been seeing in your world?

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4 Responses to The WFH routine

  1. Masher says:

    I have stuck religiously to my WFH routine.
    My motivation, however, keeps disappearing off on long walks and taking extended lunch-breaks.

    I believe I am also contributing massively to the national tea shortage.

    • Brennig says:

      Motivation isn’t a problem hereabouts. They keep throwing more and more work at me. However, go easy on the tea. I only have one cup a day and it’s important to me.

  2. Allister says:

    Changes? It’s ALL changes. I hated working from home. Partly because I have a tiny study with little natural light. I’ve somewhat solved the space problem by leaving my work laptop in the office and remoting into it from my Mac using RDP over Citrix. It works remarkably well and I can even reboot the laptop to install patches.

    But that’s where the fun ends. My job has no routine to it these days and I find it difficult to keep track of the time. Time of day, day of week, week of lockdown, when things happened, and when they should happen. I think I spend half my days rechecking clocks and calendars.

    Case in point, I went to message a colleague who I had “recently messaged with” and discovered it had been over TWO WEEKS since I had last messaged him. In the office I sit two desks away from him.

    Madness. On the plus side, lockdown doesn’t seem all that long.

    • Brennig says:

      Keeping track of time is an interesting problem. Not the passing of minutes or hours because there’s this clock readout on the bottom left-hand corner of the laptop screen. But days. I only knew yesterday was Thursday because all the bins in the road went out last night.