This week I've been working out of AnyClip's Jerusalem office, at the JVP Media Center. At night, I stay in a boutique hotel, literally across the street. Our office, in the Media Center, is beautiful, and right next door to JVP, Animation Lab, and Double Fusion. It's a great environment.
This brings me to the 2 day work day.
Having a team in Israel and a team in the US is a source of joy and intrigue, but also a source of frustration and pain sometimes. I love working in the same space with people, so having a relationship with people so far away is tough. So, when I'm here, I relish my time spent with the team. And, because of the time difference (7 hours), I get to spend most of my "Israeli work day" focused on Team Israel, while Team America is still asleep.
Evetually (around 7 or 8) the day winds down in Israel and folks go home. But, I've just gotten started. Back in the US, folks have come back from lunch and are ready to work a long afternoon and evening.
So I work along with them.
In the end, my day winds down around 2am (7pm in the US), and I head back across the street to my hotel to try and sleep.
But it's hard to sleep after working 2 work days with two teams from 2 of the most innovative countries in the world.
While I can probably only keep this up for the 7 - 10 days I spend in Israel each trip, I cherish this routine each time I come. Wake up, work with some incredible Israelis all day, and then work with some incredible Americans through the night.
The opportunities is a blessing and I've never felt more productive.
(I've also never felt so tired! But the sabbath is almost upon us, and this weekend, I may finally rest.)