Let's be clear.
1. A change is not as good as a holiday and anyone who says it is has only had lame holidays.
2. Technology may have released us from having to spend 9-5 in the office but it has meant the office is with us 24 hours a day at the beep of a smart phone or a click of a mouse.
3. The paperless office is a myth, a total myth.
However, in all this there is power to use this for good as well as evil. This week, I am having a change not a holiday. I just happen to be working from home, not my home, but a home I rented on the Sunshine Coast for the week. Wireless broadband makes that possible and the change of environment is a good thing, sort of like a holiday good thing. I can do all the 9-5 business and walk the dog along the beach in the morning and afternoon. I can take my lunch break at one of the Coolum cafes and collect eggs from the chickens. And I can meet my normal ABC Radio commitments via the phone sitting on the beach watching the sun rise. But that paperless office thing? I have all the comforts at home here expect one thing. There's no printer, something I didn't quite think through when I planned the radio cross in my head. Sitting on a beach at dawn with a laptap on my lap is not only cumbersome but a bit of a wank but if that's what it takes .... that's a change I'm prepared to make.