I hope you all are hanging in there and doing well. Like many people, the Corona Virus has changed the way of life where I live. I am fortunate and grateful to be one of the people who can work from home and continue to receive a paycheck. So, for the first time, I am a full-time teleworker. I’ve learned some things already.
Even if you’re teleworking, you still need to:
- Get dressed in the morning: I have been putting on my work clothes, earrings and jewelry every day and it makes me feel better. If I stay in my robe and pajamas all day, I feel out of sorts.
- Meal plan: If you are going to be spending 8 hours in front of a computer with a shorter lunch break and you must attend virtual meetings, you still need to meal plan. At least plan breakfast in advance.
- Schedule your time: The requirements for teleworking in my field are stringent, so I am required to submit a daily work plan. This is helpful because it keeps me on track. Try to set daily goals, including when you’ll break for lunch.
- Talk to family members: If you have children or other adults in your household, coordinate when and where you’ll work. If you must entertain children, make sure to set a schedule that allows for childcare. There is a great classical music channel that children can listen to while parents work. Check it out here: https://www.yourclassical.org/listen/kids-classical
- Have a designated workspace: If you can, try to carve out a corner of the room where you can work. Arrange the space so that you have the supplies that you need. I am working on a tray table in a quiet space in my home. I’m sitting on an antique couch, but I have everything that I need.
- Pray or meditate: Every morning, I’ve been doing a devotional and praying. If you’re not a person who prays, try to meditate or take deep breaths. I like to listen to relaxing music and breathing deeply.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeV4u5Y-3ac
- Self-care: Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Don’t flood yourself with the news. Check a reputable news site to get the information you need, but then try to give yourself breaks from the news too. I like to listen to NPR in the morning and listen to relaxing music in the afternoon.
- Be grateful: Try to highlight the positive things in your life. I am grateful that I have a job that allows me to work from home and that I have my family with me.
- Listen to the healthcare experts: You can’t control this pandemic, but we can all work together to practice good hygiene by hand washing, keeping a safe distance between you and others etc. Learn more: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Connect (digitally or in an appropriate way) with family members and friends. I have been texting and talking on the phone with friends and spending time with family members.
- Spend time in nature: I am planning to go outside and watch the night sky. Last week, I watched the moon with a family member. There is something so peaceful about nature. Be careful to keep a safe distance from other individuals, per the CDC guidelines.
- Work on indoor projects. Check out your local library for free online classes. You can enroll in an online cooking class or try a YouTube craft tutorial. You can also read books, read a daily poem, blog, draw, listen to audiobooks etc. Do something productive and relaxing.
- Eat healthily: This is part of self-care, but make sure that you are eating healthy balanced meals.
- Give: Look for ways that you can help others. It could be a smile or kind word or donating (if you can) to a food bank or local community organization that is providing laptops and school supplies to children who cannot attend school right now.
- Stay positive: Even when I get irritated sitting all day to the point that my butt numbs, even if my job isn’t exactly what I want to be doing, even if I get irritated with things my family does, I am trying to keep perspective and stay positive. I am constantly telling myself how grateful I really am to have my family; how grateful I am to have a job that allows me to work from home. Reminding myself of this gratitude keeps me positive, prevents me from snapping and keeps things in perspective.
- Finally, thank your health care providers, teachers and all those who are stepping up to do their jobs and help others during this time. They deserve respect and appreciation during this time.
- Check out Abagond’s post: https://abagond.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/the-coronavirus/
Lessons learned so far: This is a very humbling experience for me, and this is a time when I’ve been reminded of both how fragile and magnificent life is. I’m going to make a conscious effort to be more grateful for my family and the small things in life.
What about you? What lessons have you learned and how are you doing?