Over the years, I have had different jobs at different locations in different cities and in different states. Regardless of location, the routine was consistent. Wake up, shower, shave, get dressed, get in my car and drive to work, work for 8, 9, 10 or more hours then drive home, unwind, go to bed only to wake up the next day and do it all over again.
With very little warning or notice, last March, my wife and I found ourselves as 2 professional people suddenly working at home. Over the next 4-6 weeks, the 2 of us transitioned to different work spaces within our home 6 times, 4 moves for me and 2 moves for her. We have each had smaller tweaks here and there but we have both been settled in for awhile now. This process also involved buying new desks, chairs and some other items to help us settle in to our new remote lifestyle.
We have been fortunate to have the space in our home to set up 2 somewhat private offices to allow for each of our phone calls, video calls and other typical day to day office type things without diminishing space within our home. It was challenging in the beginning because she was at the dining room table and I was at a nearby table essentially in the same room and that was a big adjustment.
We each have our unique habits, for example, I was told that I tap my fingers on the table. A LOT, which is in line with music that plays in my head that no one else can hear. She has her unique habits too which I won’t divulge here.
A year ago, I would have never imagined what has transpired over the last 7 or 8 months but now we are fairly well settled in to our new routines and new habits. On occasion, I go into my office for a day or 2 and that is so strange for both us for me to not be home.
Overall, as a society, we have proven in many different professions that we can work and be productive remotely and I am perfectly happy to continue this way. I have at least a few more years of working ahead of me and if I can continue working remotely, I will be a very happy man! Especially now that I can get back to tapping my fingers to the jukebox that plays constantly in my head.
What adjustments have you had to make in these times recently?