Definitely the first one.
I always struggle to get any useful work done during the day because of constant interruptions. And so most of my work usually gets done between 6pm and midnight, after everyone else has gone home.
A full week in the office with nobody else around would almost be "working heaven" (if such a thing exists) :)
This past month I never had the time to stand up a useful tool that would save me tons of time. With these four days (two before Christmas, and two before NYE) in a quiet office, I've been able to tackle it in force.
Though my progress isn't as fast as I was hoping :-/
Exactly, i am really only one left in my department today for development support. Since i have no work pressure i "Use the time to goof off on PerlMonks" after long time :-) and "Use the time to bone up on Perl" Obviously, when i use perlmonks.
I already know one problem I have to tackle when I get back, and have plans for another one that I want to work on when I get in on Monday. If I'm in the middle of something when the day ends, I leave myself a couple of ToDo items in my log book to jog my memory for the next day.
I already visit Perlmonks irregularly as it is -- I don't need to assign any more time to visit the site unless I'm actually researching something (which does happen).
I have never found myself in the office alone during the Christmas season as the boss always makes sure there are at least two of us on duty, however, there have been many interesting challenges going on at this time of year.
A few years back it was Tux Racer. We picked one particular course ("Who said penguins can't fly") and tried to get Tux to the finish in the quickest time. I think I managed about 56 secs and the record was about 44 secs.
I surely can't be the only one that combines all of Finally get around to writing that killer module you've always, Use the time to bone up on Perl & Use the time to goof off on PerlMonks, can I ?? Or, put another way, I don't see them as mutually exclusive activities.
That seems to describe my modus operandii thus far ...
A user level that continues to overstate my experience :-))
"Use the time to goof off on PerlMonks" is of course a super set of "Use the time to bone up on Perl" and may also encompass "Use the time to catch up on work " as well as contributing to "Finally get around to writing that killer module you've always wanted to".
Perl's payment curve coincides with its learning curve.