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The office is for, like, you know, work

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

People generally view the ability to work from home as an ideal or luxury. I may seem odd for going the other way after working from home for many years. I sometimes miss a few of the benefits of working from home, but for the most part I've found the clearer distinction between contexts to be a boost to my productivity.

It has been easier to eliminate distractions at the "real" office than it was in my former home office. I don't have a lot of distracting physical stuff at the office (unlike my home), and I've also started modifying my machine's config at the office to support only work. First of all, I redirected all of my mailing lists to Gmail, and I don't check Gmail at work. Second, no checking RSS feeds at the office. Very simple, and it's amazing how much of a time waster lists and feeds can be. It may sound like I have made my time at the office boring, but I'm not there to be entertained.

In the past, I've tried to eliminate distinctions between physical contexts by attempting to always be connected to the same sources no matter where I am. There is something to be said, however, for having different physical contexts and controlling what's in them so that the physical space supports the purpose of the context.

Posted by murt at 8:47 PM

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