With the Coronavirus sweeping the world, forcing people to self-isolate, deal with bone-crushing anxiety, and learn to live indoors, going banana pants crazy because of working from home while self-isolating seems really small potatoes. The people who can work from home, should work from home and should probably be grateful to have gainful employment where we aren’t constantly at risk…
No arguments here – we should be incredibly grateful for our jobs. We ARE grateful for our jobs but that doesn’t mean that working from home doesn’t come with its own set of challenges. The chief challenge of the bunch being how soul-crushing and mind-numbing it can be to work solo. Lucky for you, our team has worked remotely four days a week for years now. We know how to work from home successfully – we crush the work from home game and we have compiled some of our useful knowledge here for you in one handy dandy list of how TO go crazy working from home. You should probably do the exact opposite of this list.
Stay In Your Pajamas All Day
We know that everyone that has a solid 9-5 (8-4 or whatever) job dreams of having the luxury of working in their pjs all day, every day and this is your chance to live that dream and cross that item off your bucket list. The first couple of days is pretty fun, we can admit that. Working in your pjs all day, having a shower after work and getting into a fresh pair of pyjamas is a totally sound way of living and not guaranteed to make you depressed and unmotivated at all… right?
Throw Away The Clocks
Who needs to understand time right now? Pre-Rona the bedtime was solidly right around 10:30 p.m. Now the Post-Rona bedtime ranges anywhere from 8:00 p.m. – 5 a.m. depending on whether or not Netflix has something super binge-worthy to watch. Time is a social construct and without real society does anyone care about the construct? Who Needs time anyway? Throw those clocks away for a real healthy way of life.
Skip Lunch Breaks
When you can work from home you may be tempted to just skip your lunch breaks and power through even more work. Do it! Skip your lunch breaks and let your life be consumed by nothing but work and Netflix. Eat your Ichiban while you sit in front of your computer – who needs to separate work life and home life anyway? Lunch breaks are for sane healthy people anyway.
Work in the Same Room As Your Partner
It’s not just us that are working from home – it’s our partners now too! You know the best way to see your work and relationship thrive? Work as close to each other as possible. Work in the same room, from couches side by side and you will definitely not want to get divorced!
Ok. We had our fun but really, if you know what is good for you, you will do the exact opposite of everything on this list to possibly stay sane during this crisis. Get up in the morning, brush your teeth and hair, put on some fresh clothes and work from a table or desk (not your couch.)
Pay attention to the time. Know what it’s time to start, time for a break, time for lunch (take your lunch break and maybe get into your yard) and when work is over. Keep a decent schedule with your normal bedtime to keep your circadian rhythm intact to help keep your mood up.
Lastly, if you know what is good for you, you will likely want to make a separate workspace from your partner. I mean, what do we know really? Maybe you have the perfect relationship that doesn’t need any physical distance at all. Ever. For everyone else, our advice is to work in a different room.
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