The university’s physical library spaces closed as of last Wednesday and we are now working from home, not as easy as I hoped. I assumed I would be able to make do with my laptop but I have discovered it struggles with all the apps I have open at any one time. What I can have working one minute may drop out the next. A combination of issues but the processing power of the laptop and bandwidth are I suspect the biggest issues. After being able to work with large dual screens, being reduced to my small laptop is also proving a challenge, so I have improvised and connected an old tv screen via a spare hdmi cable but everything feels cramped, clumsy and slow. Finding it frustrating that due to compatibility issues I need to have four different browsers open in order to work effectively, some databases do not work properly with some browsers and some of my work apps do not work with well with others, frustration! At least I finally have a workable set up. The other thing I discovered is that I really don’t enjoy having work intrude into my private space, that demarcation between work and home seems to matter to a surprising degree.
On the positive side, I am saving money on coffee and I have the benefit of constant access to my resident furry stress therapists. So how is everyone else coping with the new normal?
I definitely do not enjoy this being stuck inside routine.