I’ve been working from home for just over a month now, and it seems a good time to reflect on how life and work have changed in the past 4 – 5 weeks.
It’s certainly been a mental challenge : I found working at home quite difficult at first. I usually work part time, doing whole days in the office three times a week. This was hard to maintain at home, so I switched to working mornings everyday, which was much better.
I found working in the mornings quite helpful as the internet signal definitely had problems mid afternoons, especially with three other people in the house all trying to access work systems.
I’ve been using the phone a lot more : to keep in contact with workmates, to discuss projects, have meetings. And to keep in contact with my mother, who lives at the other end of the country, and I hope to visit as soon as we are able to travel freely again.
The Zoom phenomenon has enabled me to keep in contact with choir friends, and to try some singing in isolation. The time lag doesn’t allow us to sing together, so we can see but not hear one another. It feels very strange singing alone to a screen.
There are some positives : I have seen more of my adult children in the past four weeks than in the past five years. We have been able to eat meals together, not something that happens in the usual hurley burley of work rotas and social lives.
I’ve finished some craft projects that had been hanging around for far too long, and created what I call my ‘corona cushion’ from some left over wool, using the rainbow theme.