Times are super weird right now. With this crazy sickness that has just been plaguing our world, everything feels so out of whack. My life hasn’t changed all that much. I work from home as a freelance copywriter and do a little bit of consulting on the side, so things aren’t all that different for me. Annie isn’t even in daycare or a mommy’s morning out yet, so our schedule is looking pretty much the same.
The main difference is that Tanner has started working from home. He’s a public high school history teacher, so suddenly switching to teaching virtually was a huge shift for him. They also cut off sports in the middle of his tennis coaching season. Practically nothing about his day to day is the same. It got me thinking about how many other people are likely going through something similar. If you’re finding yourself working from home for the first time ever, you’re probably within a few minutes of beginning to bang your head against a wall. Throw kids in to the mix and let’s just say I’m praying for you. HARD.
There is a lot of advice out there about how to work from home, but I think most of it applies to people who are undergoing a more permanent transition. When you have time to prepare and you don’t have other circumstances like also having your husband, kid, and/or roommates stuck at home with you, those rules may apply. But right now, nothing is that simple.
The most important piece of advice I can give you, as someone who has been working remotely and freelancing for more than three years, one of which has been while raising a newborn baby, this is it:
Embrace the fact that working from home is going to be completely different from working in an office.
Lunch break: you probably should. Nutrition is important. But if you want to have three lunches and some wine, that’s your prerogative.
I know there are certain rules and sample schedules and really structured guidance that can come in handy if you’re trying to make the full time transition to working remotely or freelancing. But in this really weird phase that the world is going through, it’s just about survival and making the best of the situation. So, work naked if you want. Binge watch an entire series in a day while you answer emails. If you’re lucky enough to still have a job when the entire world seems to be imploding, then you should really just do it however you please.
This video goes into a whole lot more detail on how I work from home, especially debunking some advice I found on Google. Should you create a structured schedule every day? Do you need to get dressed and ready if you’re not going anywhere? Does it help to work from a coffee shop every now and then? Should you set up a home office? It’s all covered in the video. Hope you love it!
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