First of all, I had no / hardly any internet in the first two weeks because I moved in March. Best start, I thought!
After the initial Internet problems, the end of the working day proved to be the biggest challenge. In retrospect, though, not really surprising. There were no more outside activities, no more appointments, no other commitments that would have forced me to close my laptop.
Communication within the team and throughout the company also changed. We mainly used Microsoft Teams. However, due to our distributed locations, it was common practice to hold meetings via the program anyway. The need and intensity of communication grew, and our German networks had a lot to handle.
Everything analog was going digital now. Questions were answered on the phone instead of quickly in the office, and I transferred our Scrum board to Trello (Kanban based task management online service) on the last day of work. So our stand-ups took place via conference call.
In parallel to getting used to the Corona situation in general (I’m glad that I had enough toilet paper and do not eat noodles!), my discipline regarding my working hours increased.
After all, everything is a matter of getting used to, and I really haven’t been in a “normal” working rhythm for very long.