Dear WFH Novice,
I know your world has been flipped upside down by the coronavirus and the fact that you now have to work from home (WFH) to allow the spread risk to minimize. I know that this isn’t your norm and while you typically enjoy an occasional WFH day – where lets be honest, you probably don’t get much done, I thought I might offer some helpful tips as someone who has only EVER worked from home.
- Make a schedule and stick to it – While the projects at home, the laundry and the crap closet that is dying to be organized might seem tempting you still have to work. Set a schedule and block off times you’ll work and times you’ll take breaks. YOU MIGHT, even find you’re getting MORE done because of the lack of the “water cooler” effect…
- While this doesn’t entirely apply, because of social distancing and the whole quarantine thing, but don’t over offer. When you are a full time work from home person, sometimes people expect you to help out more. Remember friend, JUST because you’re home, doesn’t mean you aren’t working!
- If you have kids or other people home as well, find a quiet place to work. This may mean putting on head phones, crawling into a closet with a flash light or putting a do not disturb sign on the door. But keep in mind, it’s not their life thats different, they’re normally home… its yours. Be respectful of that. We’re all just trying to do our best, make a living, wash our hands and avoid touching our faces! Additionally, things will probably get worse before they get better, so try not to piss off those that you’re quarantined with by yelling that them that “you’re working goddammit!” If you can’t focus, remove yourself from the situation and get back to work!
- While tempting, drinking during the work day is ONLY socially acceptable after 3 pm… Trust me, I’ve done the research… Also, Pro Tip: Stock up on WINE & Liquor, not TP… this is a respiratory virus, not a stomach virus, I promise you will have enough TP, but you MIGHT run out of alcohol while on quarantine and that would be a real tragedy… albeit fun social experiment!
- Finally, Napping during the work day, again tempting, should only be taken once a day for 30-45 minutes and should be done during lunch time as to not let on that you are in fact napping during the work day…
In all seriousness, working from home is a true blessing. We’re a truly luck society to have jobs that pay well and allow us the freedom to work from home. Especially in light of the recent pandemic!
If you are one of my 12 readers (4 of which are my mom, dad and grandparents) I truly appreciate you – and if you’re looking for a way to make some extra income. A side hustle if you will, to allow yourself some breathing room or NO STRESS money, my email, inbox and phone are always on to chat!!
Stay healthy friends!