今日推荐英文原文：《Remote Work: Try Not to Work in Your Bedroom》
今日推荐英文原文：《Remote Work: Try Not to Work in Your Bedroom》作者：Brett Fazio
Remote Work: Try Not to Work in Your Bedroom
If at all possible — find another spaceWhen I accepted my Apple internship this summer I expected, as many other did, to be in Apple Park. I found the idea of working in that massive spaceship of a building extremely exciting, but the internship went remote.
If you had an internship lined up for the summer you were either one of the lucky ones and you went remote, or, unfortunately, your company decided to cancel their internship program.
My experience of being a remote intern has been a positive one so far. I’ve already had three in-person internships so I can’t say I’m missing out on that “in-person” experience as I've already had it a few times.
Like many people, I have a desk in my bedroom where I keep my personal laptop and monitor. As my internship hardware arrived, I didn’t make space on my desk for it. Instead, I found any space I could somewhere else in the house and started clearing it out to make a desk area. I did not want to do my internship in my bedroom!
I believe creating some sort of separation between work and free time — and some sort of commute — is key to staying productive and happy.
The CommuteLast summer when I was an intern at Google I had a great commute. I loved the process of going to work in the morning Even though it wasn't the most straightforward commute, I loved going to work in the morning because of all I got to experience. My commute consisted of a 15-minute walk from my house to the nearby Google campus, then I took a 10-minute bus to the Googleplex, and a 5-minute bike ride on one of Google’s army of bikes to finish.
With all of this, I got to get a bunch of fresh air and sunlight and a little bit of exercise. It was great. It allowed me to get outside and mentally shift to and from the software engineer mindset. It gave me separation.
With my current commute, I get out of bed and walk a few feet into the next room. No fresh air, no sunlight, no exercise. But the fact that I had to move at all is a start. If I set up my home office in my bedroom I probably wouldn't even leave my room until noon!
Because I’m forced to do at least a little movement in my life, it tends to inspire me to do a little bit more. I’ll go for a quick run down the road or take my dog outside. It’s not a true commute but it’s something. While many people loathe commuting the separation is key to keeping your mental health intact. If there’s no separation you only focus on work 24/7 which is not healthy.
The OfficeMy home office for the summer is by no means fancy. It’s just a laptop sitting on a desk. Every time I walk into that simple room it puts me in the correct mindset. When I enter I know its time to speak professionally, remain focused on the tasks at hand, and deliver good code.
I associate that room with work, in the same way that people associate work with their in-person office. If I kept my office in my room I be confused — that’s also the place I sleep, relax, and play games — what mindset should I be in? If I have my personal laptop right next to my work, I’ll probably begin to think about work at a time I should be resting or relaxing.
The core theme here is separation. With many companies, like Slack, giving people the option to remain remote forever it’s likely that this work from home situation is here to say. If it’s here to say, we have to make sure that it’s not destroying our mental state and that work isn’t sneaking into our home life. Creating that separation with a pseudo commute and office is a great way to do that.