For quite some time I didn't really write a lot of code, besides some ugly frontend fixes that I did on my blog. Today I finished my first programming in ages, ok, approx. 2 years.
It was about .... drum roll ... Django. It felt good, to re-learn something again. It's calming, when it comes to code everything works the way it does for a reason. Which is not the same when you are working with people. Code is hard, people are harder ;)
I will continue there and try to build it into my routine to write more code again. That's it, back to normal tomorrow.
Today we spend a good amount of time outside, in a park in Stuttgart. Adhering to all the rules of the distancing. The sun and the fresh air felt good.
It was a really nice day. And I even got some pictures to share.
In the evening while preparing dinner, some thoughts and some clarity came to my mind. Since this whole situation started, I managed to mostly break my creative habits, I am not as productive as I would like to be, I am not that constistant as I would like to be. I am not allocating the time and the importance to my habits that they need.
One of the good things of this whole thing is that I can spend a lot of time with my girlfriend, but that also means, that both of us should maintain their routines and take their schedule seriously. We now implemented a margin day into our week, where we are not planning anything and each of us is doing "something".
Without communicating what you want and need, your partner won't magically know.
We live in crazy times, and I guess this won't be the last time we will experience such a situation. Therefore it gets more and more important to implement routines, or call it protocols, in our lifes, which we can live by. Checklists on how to deal with certain situations.
If we want or not, we have to think about this new normal. What will you do differently, when such a situation appears again?
It can and will happen again. No matter if we are talking about our private life, or about business. We all have to do our homework.
Yesterday sucked, in the evening I got such a headache like never before, I could barely write... I actually never take any pills, but yesterday nothing else helped. But enough of that.
I wanted to write about another topic; I am asking myself, how I can get to the point where I can unmute my phone, so that I only get messages I really care about and not get annoyed by it.
Email I will never unmute, simply because it's nothing I am in control of, everybody can write me an email, and I am still getting too much spam, which I am not willing to give any attention to.
For things like WhatsApp and Telegram I am close to how I want to have it. I am not getting messages every single day, and if, then I actually care about them. And everything is muted anyways, I can read that later.
Are you in home office? Or does your boss still doens't trust you?
Last week I went to the office to water the plants, because, yeah, basically someone has to. In the 5-floor building there are a lot of different companies, all of them are working on computers, but this building still was busy.
I am sure if I would now ask the managers for the WHY people still have to go to work, the answer would have to do either something with trust, productivity or just a dumb: "You cannot do our work remotely."
It's 2020, a ton of companies have proven, YES, it is possible to be entirely remote and just meet once every while.
The biggest problem I hear is trust and that trust has to "be built up". Sure, someone leaves their job, comes to your company and leaves a former step of their life behind and they have to first own your trust, really?
Trust can be lost, if someone really screws up and disappoints you in every way. But you cannot start a relationship with mistrust.
You also don't start a relationship with your boy or girlfriend and mistrust each other for the first 2 years. Why would you do in business?
If I don't trust someone from the beginning I wouldn't hire them. Period.