I’m three weeks in and almost up to speed at 10up. It has been a very productive and busy first days: meeting staff, partners, and clients, navigating Google hangouts, chat, drive, and calendar, and just figuring out what to say, to whom, and when. Its been a long time since I’ve been thrust into something so new and different and exciting! I’m just thrilled.
A few things that have changed for me:
- 10up is fully distributed, nationwide. I work from my home office mostly or coffee shops or the library. I’m really enjoying the freedoms that come with that. I have not missed “the office” since I spend most of my day video-chatting with various people, although I do miss my co-workers from PMC.
- I’m enjoying my stand-up desk (with a chair for occasional sitting) in my beautiful home office nook.
- Video chat. This is something that seems scary at first… my hair, my clothes, random noises, strangers, family…! But within a day or two video seems completely normal and a regular phone call feels incomplete. That surprised me, but I think the rest of the world will eventually feel the same.
- The world of Google. We use a lot of Google services. I love Google. I hear many people say “Google already knows too much about me.” But I argue that they are the only ones who actually let you know how much they know about you- that plenty of other firms/services/government know way more!
- Engineers, Designers and Geeks! Oh my! So many brilliant and talented folks at 10up. Im really glad that Google is nearby to answer all my questions so that I can keep up.
- Singular job focus. I’ve meshed all my efforts into one place. That means I can enjoy Sacramento Beer Week without worrying about how the calendar is functioning, I will flip to learning more about web rather than teaching (sometimes) and I wont take on any more freelance jobs because I simply won’t have time. This scared me at first, but now I feel free (whee)!
- A myriad of communication methods: chat, video calls, voice calls, email, conference calls… its funny that when someone says Ill send that to you, I’m sometimes unsure where to expect it.