I’ve worked from a home office for years and enjoyed it. The business overhead is low and the commute is fantastic. I can be in the office within a minute.
Of course, the quick commute has its perils. My commute takes me through the kitchen and I love to cook. It’s too easy to avoid work projects that may take hours to complete in order to begin working on a recipe that will take hours to complete.
But working from home feels different at the moment. The internet is slowing to a crawl as more people work from home or binge watch TV while they can still afford subscription fees. The panic buying at the grocery store feels like a disaster movie. Buy toilet paper before the shark shows up and the avalanche crashes down the mountain!
If you’re new to telecommuting, take a little break with your favorite beverage to consider a few survival tips.
- Do the work that pays the bills first. That means practicing self-discipline by setting regular work hours. If you don’t, you’ll be up at 2 am feverishly working on that big project before the boss figures out that you’ve spent the week sprawled on the couch drinking beer and eating nachos while binge watching movies.
- Pretend there’s a timed lock, like on a bank’s vault, on the fridge and the pantry. Let’s be honest. Self-discipline only works for so long and the kitchen is right there and it’s full of good stuff. The weighty truth about the freedom of working remotely is that it may take weeks to shed the results of commuting through the kitchen.
- Don’t despair parents. The government will eventually take pity on you and reopen the schools. Show your gratitude with a gift for the little darling’s teacher.
- Turn off the news. Credible news sources are giving us fact-based reports about the coronavirus, but the news biz is a for-profit industry. Even credible news sources engage in sensationalist headlines, like barkers at a circus side show, to attract an audience. Or to put it another way, too much news will have you reaching for an extra helping of mashed potatoes or another six-pack.
- Telecommuters are darned lucky to have jobs that can be done from home. Many low wage jobs from hospitality to nursing homes to gas stations and grocery stores can’t be done remotely. These workers are facing either no income or a higher risk of infection for themselves and their families.
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