I’m certain many have been feeling the same way as me – a mix of helplessness, anxiety, and confusion about the current state of the world. As we are still settling into our new norm and practicing social distancing, some of us have the privilege of working from home. We are still figuring out how to be the most productive and make the best of our days at home.
Before the pandemic, I usually worked from home every Friday. That was exceptional for me, now that we have this new temporary way of life. Every day came with a tremendous struggle with no structure and time-management. I discovered so many things I needed to improve on with myself. My days were like a big blur for the first few weeks. I felt down in the dumps with no energy and uninspired to do anything. I often wondered what I did all day. I’m an extrovert, hence being in a people oriented career, Human Resources. I enjoy people, I’m very interested in how people think, behave – why they do what they do and solve problems.
I finally came to terms with myself and said this has to stop. This is an opportunity to be more disciplined and expose myself to learn new things. I want to do things I’ve been putting off due to making excuses after a long commute or a long day at work. I no longer have the lengthy subway commute that I dreaded, or wake up super early to get to work. I also don’t have to deal with the other nuisances that occur on a normal business day. I should be grateful and try to make the best of this situation or I’ll look back and regret it.
I created and implemented a work-from-home schedule for myself and wanted to share it with you all. I hope that it will help someone who relates. And remember, these are just examples of what works for me, everyone is different, and it’s important to be open-minded to figure out a system that works well for you during this time. Be sure to give yourself some grace and know that you’re doing the absolute best you can in a tough situation that none of us were prepared for.
Until next time! – Love, Shanta. xo