On April 2nd, I was featured in Technical.ly Philly’s “How I Work (from home)” series, and thought I’d make a note of that here.
I do think there’s a bit of toxic-productivity messaging going around, in this, a time of a pandemic, and I tried to respond to that a bit in some of my comments:
What’s your KPI for every day? How do you know it’s been a productive day?
A productive day is one where I tried, and where the days that things are working generally are outnumbering the times when it’s not (which is why I keep and save the logs; I’ll also note I don’t share these with anyone, and I do not keep them online). Trying to have a perfect day every day is too much pressure.
Even since then, reading that comment now, I wish my language was even more forgiving. There are just some days that Don’t Work, and that’s okay. Things aren’t normal (and perhaps normal was always an illusion? The existential part of this continues to be thrilling).
I also am growing to hate the phrase “the new normal.” Stop it. There isn’t one. I’m trying to be flexible, to be compassionate, and to be adaptive. It’s just plain hard. That’s also okay.
In the words of Jerry Springer, “Take care of yourself, and each other.”