An ordinary day at work
Its a nice challenge, because my days are never the same – I do a lot of different things. I’m a system developer for a Swedish-owned company. After waking the kids, eating breakfast and brought them to school and kindergarten I aim south and drive about 20km from Åsane to Fyllingsdalen. I’d like to take the bus instead but sometimes I have to visit my customers and it would be a pain if I had to use the bus. On my way to work I often get phonecalls from customers, if its critical I try to help them there and then but usually I can do it when I arrive the office. I drink a lot of coffee so the day starts with e-mail-reading and coffee.
Most of the time I work in projects, large and small – when I do the day is pretty predictable and if I get new calls I can stack the jobs for later. The todo-list grows quickly when I work in projects. 🙂 I spend a lot of time programming solutions that connect different systems, like data exchange between stock/economy-systems and webshops/butiques. Listening to music while programming means a lot to me, I get to concentrate and relax at the same time. After we got Wimp and Spotify choosing music became a lot easier and time-efficient, I just start the program and choose a list, then I have music for hours. 🙂
In a way I do janitor-jobs as well, if a customer had a powersurge and their machines went crazy I jump in the car and drive to them and try to fix it. A database rebuild or a box that has to be reset. Other times I help customers design their network or coming solutions, or help them design workflow for a new system.
I’ve worked with the same colleges since 1997 which has its advantages. We know each other well and what knowledge we have, that way the distribution of tasks runs smoothly. But sometimes new things has to be done, I have to admit that I love to do new things, its fun. On some days I might install Exchange, Linux, web-servers, or maybe develop an automation-routine for a task that usually takes a lot of time doing manually. That is one of my favorites, to develop something useful or makes someones day easier.
If I need a break and breath fresh air I can step out and walk a few meters, then I’m in the middle of the Kanadaskogen forest, and out the window there are always something fun that happens. Its good to think of something else once in a while after spending hours deep into the code.