Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The legend of the mobile worker
The past two weeks have been hectic, as I researched and wrote a 60-page report on an ICT topic. This is the longest project that I've worked on and it was very challenging.
I think the hard part was that, along the way, I lost some perspective on the whole document and thought it was really a BAD piece of writing.
But that happens quite often when you are immersed in a project for too long.
So, I took my laptop and went to work at the local library - new venue, fresh perspective kind of thing.
To get to the library, I have to walk through a large, lovely park, just a street from my house. The sun was shining, but not too hot, and the scenery looked very inviting.
But I think the legend that you can take your laptop to work in the park is just that - a legend. Firstly, I wouldn't be comfortable sitting on the grass for hours, working on my lap.
Also, sitting in a nearly-deserted park with an expensive piece of electronics out in the public eye sounds like an invitation to be mugged to me. Then there's the fact that my Acer has a battery life of about 4 hours.
So yeah, working from home means I can escape from my "office" when the walls start closing in. But I haven't yet got used to the idea that I can be in the outdoors and still get the work done.