Julian!? Where are you?
As of last week, I started working some days remotely; from home. Its been quiet a good change, and now that I have less distractions: I get a lot more work done. I've be able to finish off a lot of interrupted tasks. Get my head around how to organise and structure my day when working from home. I'm more focused, planned, and driven. I'm delivering more results each day, and as a result having more time for taking on more responsibilities comfortably.
But working remotely isn't all about work. Its also about re-gaining some of your personal time. I was spending about 10-15 hours per week travelling to work in my car. I planned my travel to try and avoid peak hour traffic, but where my employer is situated there are no direct travel routes. Public transport (commuter train & bus or bus & ferry & bus or bus & bus & bus & bus) would have seen me spending twice as long driving each day. My car has an awesome stereo, so the drive is not too stressful most days.
Ah! Again! Talking about work and the commute! See how I never got time for myself?
So now that I'm actually getting a few days a week working from home, I have time to get more things done. I'm not as tired. My energy level has sky rocketed. And my relationship has definately benefited. I've got time to persue more study, more personal projects, art, catch up with friends, and get back to writing useful tips for other SQL Server users.
Work has also benefitted. I've started to take an interest in managing myself more and co-ordinating my work with others better. Whilst working from home is ultimately a selfish want, it is definately improving my team skills.
So over the next coming weeks, expect a lot more from me. I'll be posting regularly on SQL Server 2005, including scalability with Service Broker and Notfication Services, Management Studio, and Visual Studio for Database Professionals especially Unit Tests.
So if you have any lagging questions or a SQL problem you'd like some tips for, send me an email sqlquestiokuiters.id.au