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All I have is work

I'm one of the lucky ones who can work almost like normal during this time. Some might say I wasn't lucky as I can't just stay home doing nothing. But that would just drive me crazy. Not having anything to do just wouldn't work for me. And it's not just about the money.

It's just that when there is not much else to do, no clear separation from work time and free time I tend to work long hours. Filling the days with something to do keeps the thoughts away from the current situation.

Remote work

Like many other modern IT companies we haven't had much of trouble switching over to working full remote. We've had the remote first policy right from the start, so this is nothing new in general. I'm certain that every one of my colleagues has worked remotely more than once just during the month before all this.

Back to work

Finally, the vacation is over and I can get back to work. No, seriously. I do enjoy vacations and time off, but I enjoy my work as well. I might be repeating myself here, but I'm really lucky to have such an amazing workplace.

Let it go

It's only a second day of my vacation. Well, not even that, just a weekend still. But I'm already thinking work related stuff. I really shouldn't.

I know there will be some bigger things happening next year. And I will have a lot to say about them. So obviously, they have been a lot in my mind lately. It's hard to give them rest. I can't wait to get to start implementing those things. But I also want them to be well planned.

Vacation and holidays

I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks. I had a plenty of leftover vacation days and as there will be multiple paid days off during the next two weeks it was a good chance to have a bit longer vacation while spending fewer of those precious vacation days for it.

On the other hand, I don't feel the need for the vacation. I enjoy my work and am able to maintain great work/life balance there. A proof of that is how many days I had unspent. Would have been better to just take two normal weeks of. I could have been able to get rid of almost all my unspent vacation days that way.

When the workday is over too soon

For the past two days I have been working on a hard problem. The kind that eventually end up on my desk when everybody else have had their try. I'm the last hope, the one thing to try if all else fails.

I don't always have the answers. Actually I rarely do. At least in these kind of cases. If I would have known the solution I would have been able to teach it to somebody else. And if there would have been somebody to ask how to do it somebody would have already done so.

Charting new technologies

As an architect and technology strategist, it's my job to choose the technologies we use in projects. It's not always easy, especially when you meant to move forward and explore new technologies while still keep the delivered services robust. At the same time we should be innovating and choose stable, boring technologies.

 It's a challenge to balance those two. But in the end moving forward is the only option. New technologies need to be evaluated and tested. Not everything will end up in our toolbox and most importantly not everything should be changed at once. 

Relaxing at work

These past two weeks after the vacation have been quite relaxing. There isn't much of anything important going on at work as most of the people are on vacation and projects on hold.

It's not like haven't got anything to do. Quite contrary. The doing has just been something different. Things that have been long overdue, but haven't got done due not being "business-critical" or otherwise urgent.