Day 36 of Lockdown
Pro Tip: If you don’t have a mask, wearing a jock strap on your face tends to keep people at least 6 feet away from you.
It's still pretty surreal that the 2nd most dangerous1 thing I did today was to go food shopping.
Is everyone else really tired? I think that working from home is really, really tiring.
I've talked to a few people about this and formed a theory that there are a few aspects which combine to make you more tired when working from home:
- You feel compelled to be at your workstation/laptop all the time. It's as if someone is judging you if you aren't there when they send a instant message or even an email. Of course, this is unnatural behaviour - in the office you never spend all day tied to the laptop. You get up, make a cuppa, chat to Bob about his latest bigotry, or attend meetings. You need to force yourself to get up (I walk up and down the stairs a couple of times) every hour.
- When on a call, you are more focused than you would be in a real meeting. You only have your hearing and verbal communication. The visual clues in a normal meeting aren't there, so you have to listen for subtle contexts or inflections to determine meaning. That's very draining mentally and emotionally.
- You do more work because the laptop is just there. It's easy to get carried away with the work in hand and pile on the hours because, well, it's just there. In easy reach.
The Stroke Association
I signed up to The Stroke Association today to get information to help me care for dad. It's a very good site and large and contrasting enough for visually impaired people or people who have had strokes to use - As a bit of a UX geek, it gets a thumbs up from me!
- Driving, or just getting in a car, is almost always the most dangerous thing you will do on a normal day.
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