I am so sorry that I haven’t written in so long. I look back at all my posts from 2019 and it makes me feel a little ashamed. I’m not going to go into what’s currently going on in the world, because at this point you should already know – COVID-19.
I do want to say my heart is incredibly sore for the people who are losing their jobs and having to close down their businesses because of this pandemic. I am incredibly fortunate to still have my job and my health and to be able to work from home to curb the spread of germs and this virus.
This is my first time working remotely and so far, I am only on Day 2, but I have noticed that these things work the best for a newb like me (in the realm of working from home). Granted, I don’t have children, so of course things are different for me than it would be for a parent, especially during this time.
If you have any tips or tricks, please, I am all ears. I am not sure how much longer I will be working from home but for the time being this is how I am approaching this.
- The time I wake up each morning to physically go into the office is the same time I am choosing to wake up. I don’t want to change my routine and risk sleeping in too long.
- Dress each morning like you’re going to work. I read earlier this week that someone who has been working from home for years always dresses up for work. This helps with the routine and doesn’t make you too comfortable sitting in the comfort of your own home which then you risk becoming too lazy to answer your emails and do your daily tasks.
- Feed your physical body. Eat something and get your favorite drink to start the day. In my case it is a dose of caffeine.
- Create your own space. Hopefully, the people in your home are okay with you commandeering living space! I turned my rather small dining table into my work desk. It will remain that way until I am back at my office desk, haha. Sorry, hubby!
- Take breaks. It’s honestly really easy to sit for hours and not realize how fast the time has gone without taking a break. Get up, stretch, walk around and eat something.
- When it’s time to clock out – clock out. Don’t look at anymore emails because it starts to meld into home life and I feel like that is a danger for those who do work at home on a normal basis. You don’t keep good boundaries (I have already done this in the past even with having an office job) if you don’t remove yourself.
- Now that I have more time (no more 35-40 minute traffic one way to sit in), I can keep my house more tidy, I can read, I can write, and generally, I am more happier. Enjoy the time you get to be in your own space. ‘
I am sure that some days I will want to just wear pajama pants and put on zero makeup at the beginning of the day, but right now, this is how I am working with the self distancing during this outbreak. I hope that I do more with my free time and be more productive before this period is up. ***I really needed this for my own mental health and sanity.
Please stay safe and remember that self-distancing is helpful for all even if you’re not sick or high risk. We are all safer when we all be smart.
Happy Curl, Happy Girl
Curly Island Girl
I’m not sure the exact type of work you do, but since July 1st 2019 I’ve been working full time from home for my job and I feel you, it’s hard to work at home. My job is face to face contact and other laptop work, so for covid-19 quarantine I have telehealth and training courses that have to be documentable as 8 hours of work. Before, I would choose to go to the college campus to have a more industrious environment, so being back home again during this pandemic makes me understand your position. I’m lucky to have some PTO accumulated to ease the workload on top of social distancing and self quarantine. My advice is to listen to podcasts of interesting conversations or talks about topics, but if your work is more focus required then I think your getting dressed to go to the office is a super smart idea! Having your formal space to go to is great, for me it’s an isolated space in the far room where I don’t go often so work stays in there. I have video meetings and random tasks that need doing so sometimes I wish I could have an office for my job, but if you can get into a flow state in your home environment then you’ll enjoy your work. You can happily be away from any potential unwanted coworker interactions and you could possibly find a joy in your tasks… I hope all goes well! Take care.