I'm not sure what the future holds, and I very much hope we can get through the Coronavirus pandemic as quickly as possible. I long for the world to return to normal soon.
As with many companies, we are transitioning to remote working at GoSquared from this week onwards.
When we first started working on GoSquared, we were all at school. We used to design and code away from our homes, communicating primarily through Google Chat.
We used to catch up at school, but while building interfaces, writing code, and inventing copy, we'd each be at home, focused obsessively on building something great.
It was only when we started to "grow up" that we moved to London and got together in an office. It felt like the proper thing to do – what big company doesn't have a head office? We were excited.
And things stayed that way – we've been based in London with one central location for almost a decade.
We've hired remote team members, and built experience of working with people all over the world.
But now, it's all changing – we're all going remote.
It's going to be different. It's going to be new. Some things are going to break. But I am excited for what will be better.
I’m intrigued about a few areas where my life will be different – one area in particular that excites me is getting two hours of my day back.
My normal commute is approximately an hour door-to-door.
What can I do with an extra two hours in my day? I can use this for work, for pleasure, for fitness, or for something totally new.
A few ways I'm contemplating making use of my extra two hours a day:
- Running – will a run to start my day transform my energy levels? Will a run at the end of the day be a perfect way to separate my working day from my evening?
- Sleeping – will an extra 30-60 minutes in bed change my focus and energy throughout the day?
- Eating properly – more time to cook, to use fresh ingredients, to plan my meals.
- Writing – distraction free time to focus on writing.
- Drawing – time to draw and sketch at the end of the day.
- Reading – an opportunity to read an extra chapter, or consume another blog post at the start of my day.
The next few weeks and months are going to be challenging for everyone – but I hope there are many positives we can take from the ordeal we face.