Day 35 in the Virtual Office!
Total Time in VR: 3 hours and 8 minutes (across 4 VR sessions)
Use Cases: Team Meetings (64% – 2 hours), Focus Work (28% – 53min), MiniMindfulness (8% – 15min)
A solid finish to a week that started out so shaky! I started the day with a co-worker in MiniMindfulness (sitting on top of the Caddyshack watching the sun rise/set). After a few Zoom calls I helped with a new hire onboarding (see today’s title pic) and finished the day in Focus. Friday’s are often wild cards with my schedule, but today brought my overall weekly number a little higher than last week, so that’s a good trend going into the eighth and final week next Monday.
Cup Half Empty: I noticed the return of the phantom mouse cursor again today. But my laptop was being very weird in general, so I did a restart (good idea to restart your computer every once in a while anyway), and after that the cursor was back to normal. Just reminds me that laptops have strange issues all the time. Just because the virtual monitors are being weird, doesn’t mean it’s the VR program at the root cause, as it might just be the ole laptop itself.
Cup Half Full: I haven’t done an onboarding for a while, and so that was a great end to my week. I also noticed that the update earlier this week DID add something new. FLOOR PASSTHROUGH! I only noticed when I went up to the whiteboard (I’m generally a desktop whiteboard guy). Once standing at the whiteboard I noticed when I looked down I could see my actual floor. And I glanced at the corner of my desk through the passthrough and said “I’m never slamming my leg into you again!!” A very smart improvement to Horizon Workrooms.
This was a roller coaster of a week. Started so bad. I started questioning the validity of the whole thing. But then I bounced back. I think it is a very good thing that I hit that wall, even if only briefly. That’s a real wall that many will encounter as this technology finds an audience and the scaling begins. How to bounce back as quickly as I did is the puzzle that needs to be solved on a large scale. I’m working on a new video, and I hope to post it before I break for the holiday next Friday, December 23rd, which is also when this VR Office Experiment comes to a close. But the experiment was only the beginning because the next phase is DATA ANALYSIS, which geeks like me enjoy a little too much. But one more week of data to gather. Hoping to end with the same strength I started with way back in October.
Till Next Week…