The #Coronavirus chronicles, part 4: Getting accustomed to my work environment #COVID19

Earlier, I’d written about getting myself situated in my home office. While my environment is still not ideal — my place is still a mess, and I’m still working directly from my laptop, instead of connecting to a full-sized monitor, keyboard, and mouse, as I’d prefer — I’m discovering that, as I continue to work within this environment, I’m getting used to it more and more.

I’m noticing that I’m much more productive with this setup than I was sitting in the living room recliner with the TV on in front of me. As I write this, I’m sitting within the privacy of my own home office (hey, I’ve always wanted my own office; maybe this is how I get it!), I have some good jazz playing over my stereo speakers, and I’m getting my work done. It does make for a good, comfortable working environment.

When I go to the office, it typically takes me fifteen minutes to drive to my office, and that doesn’t count stopping at the corner Cumberland Farms or Dunkin’ Donuts for my morning coffee and a quick bite for breakfast. Now, my commute has been cut down to however long it takes for me to go from my bedroom to my home office downstairs (all of, by my estimate, fifteen seconds, not counting the time it takes for me to start the coffee maker, fix myself breakfast, or occasionally feed our two demanding cats).

Let me emphasize that I would still prefer a good monitor, keyboard, and mouse, as opposed to working right on my laptop. At some point, I’ll need to take the time to clean up my work space, maybe head to Best Buy and get some decent equipment, and get myself better situated. And if there’s one thing I’m missing, it’s the camaraderie of my office mates (our occasional virtual meetings notwithstanding). But when it comes down to it, this setup is likely one that I could get used to, if I absolutely have to do so.

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