The past few weeks have certainly been uncharted territory for us all. Working from home certainly has its challenges and blessings. We have to focus on what we are doing now to make the most of this time and lay the foundation for the future when quarantine is lifted.
Since early March, I have taken over what was our dining room table for my home office. It took me a few times to find the right angle of the table where I felt the most productive and the sun didn’t reflect my computer screen. I finally found that pushing it up against the window makes the most sense. This way, I’m able to not have a sunny glare when I’m on Zoom calls. However, it certainly disrupted my 10 month old puppy Oliver’s “people watching chair” where he would whimper at another dog he would see on the sidewalk and want to go play with them. Dogs don’t understand social distancing I guess! 🙂
One thing that has helped me focus during quarantine is having a designated work space where I can spread some papers out when needed and make my to-do lists easier. This helped create a nice structure for separating work and home.
This change of making my dining room table my new office, and setting a designated outside office space on sunny days, has chopped up my day in a positive way while working from home. I now am able to sit, focus and occasionally watch a car go by or someone I know walking their dog. It makes me feel a little more connected to my clients, friends and family, while staying at home.
It is a reality for our future though that quarantine will eventually end. Thus, during this time of quarantine and social distancing, I wanted to give some helpful tips on how to make the most of your time – if you are working or not:
- Create a list to help you structure your day.
- Spend time organizing around your house. Pick a room / area to go through each week. My boyfriend Nick and I moved to our new place last year and we had two plastic bins we hadn’t unpacked. The other day we finally tasked ourselves with cleaning them out and making space for holiday items we had in the corner.
- Put important papers somewhere easy to see or have access to in an organized way, so you spend less time looking for important mail or crucial paperwork — Remember that the tax deadline is extended, but don’t wait until the last minute.
- Start connecting with others and reaching out right now. No one knows what the future holds, but relationships are always key.
- Create your “to-do” list with the important items at the top. Keep it to a manageable 1-3 tasks a day to check off. The rest can be tackled the following day.
- Work on one type of clothing a week (such as coats one week, and shirts the next) and put whatever you don’t want anymore aside for consignment or donation. I’ve already tossed out 6 single socks.
Let’s come together to work on the focus of today, be mindful of the blessings we have in the present, and use this time to get ready for the future.