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(Photo of me, taken by me, showing what’s needed when working from home)

For those of you that know me, or know my story, you know that I worked from home for a decade (from 2001 to 2011). Early this year I took a job that is fully remote, so I’m back to where I was almost a decade ago.

Since that time, many things have changed both technologically (I had no Slack, or Zoom, not even an iPhone) and socially (anyone taking a “work from home” day was non-existent). When I started working from home, my desk was the size of an ironing board, and I worked from a small corner of our bedroom, which was modest 4 room (not bedrooms, just 4 rooms, 2 bedrooms, a combined living room and dining room, with a kitchen and one bathroom), as well as having two kids under the age of 4 years old roaming about. …


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In my 25 years of working I’ve experienced nearly every flavor of meeting one can participate. The larger the company and the more grand the job title, the more frequent and more protracted meetings become. People show up 10 minutes late, no one stays on topic, there’s no discernible agenda, a handful of people dominant the conversations, and by the end after nothing has been accomplished, another hour long meeting is scheduled.

In far too many instances a meeting is used as a means to escape work, rather than a means to prompt it. But meetings are a necessity. They align people on needed tasks, desired outcomes, next steps, and provides vital feedback and insight into careers. It’s easy to feel the effects of productivity without actually producing anything. Having hours and hours of meetings, emails, or conference calls consumes effort, and devours time, but only manages to create a mirage of productivity. …


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The first time I started to realize I was getting old was when I turned 36 years old. …

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Paul Armstrong

Head Of Design at Alchemy (a P&G Co), pixel fabricator, artisanal vector craftsman, creative thinkvisor, husbandist, fathertian, one-time baby, long-time idiot

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