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Thursday, October 25

Remote Working

Work makes its demands and I'm actually quite interested in trying to satisfy them. I know that sounds a bit grudging, but it's not meant to. The idea of an environment which puts pressure on is one which filled me with a certain amount of trepidation before I got into it, and then filled me with a lot of stress when I got into it. Now, I think things are managed better than ever (and part of that is the fact that I've adjusted to it and been more proactive). The result is that there are jobs to be done and I find it rewarding to be involved in the getting done. It's a bit tense, but the rush of a successful completion is much more than in a lower-pressure just-ticking-along environment.

Anyway, I have work/life balance to maintain and I'm convinced that one must do that. So, when a morning meeting agreed to reconvene at 5.30, when I had to get myself off to London, I decided I'd simply teleconference in at that time. I'm still involved in the meeting, but I don't have to be present. I'm just multitasking.

And so it was that I found myself talking, slightly out of breath, during a meeting yesterday evening, from the comfort of my bicycle seat as I headed to the station. The impediment of my lack of breath and the wind rushing into the handsfree kit was a small concern, but I feel like I actually managed to contribute something useful to the meeting. I hope I did. I quite like this project.

I've been conveying some of the pressures onto my team. This has been for the benefit of the project. It's also been (with a little coaching and explaining WHY it's important, which I don't think they so much need, but I need to share it) a positive experience for them. They've not been crushed into banging stuff out. Instead, they've joined a race to achieve a goal. Days pass quickly this way and the regular achievement of a success is really enjoyable.

Apparently hairdressers are among the most satisfied of workers, since they effectively complete something ever 20-30 minutes and get an approval from their customer each time. So, I hope that I've been giving my team something useful to do and rewarding them for their results. That's fun - either side of the thank you.

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