Microsoft Thinks You’ve Been Missing Your Commute in Lockdown – WSJ
Teams’ morning commute experience hasn’t been finalized, but will involve asking users to write a short list of things they want to accomplish that day, Ms. Janardhan said. It also will ask how users are feeling before they start work. If they say they are feeling overwhelmed, the virtual commute assistant will ask if they want to block time off in their calendars to focus on work or de-stress.
John Naughton though this was a spoof.
I’d love to block out some time in my calendar to de-stress but I don’t think this one is aimed at a school day.
The last thing I want to do in a commute (real or virtual) is “write a short list of things I want to accomplish that day”.
I’ve spent the best part of 40 years commuting in one way or another, mostly on trains and latterly by car, so I have experience.
Driving to work I listen to the radio, or podcasts or music. I keep an eye out for the seasons, nature & roadkill. I think, let my mind drift. I might write, in my head, a haiku.
Occasionally I might think about school if I realise the days plan is flawed, or I worry about need to get something done. Wondering how I’ll manage that between 20 to eight and the bell at nine.
I might have a great idea or notion about something I could teach, and work out how to fit it in.
I do not want to systematically want to go through the day taking more time up with routine or timetables, I want this slack time for myself & serendipity. If I am locked down again, or get into a position where I work from home, I’d rather manage my transition from breakfast to work without a piece of software asking me questions.