Oddities of working at home

My admiration for my colleagues who work primarily from home grows as I do this longer.  How do they do it?  Is regular work from home better organized and less stressful than pandemic-caused work from home?  I don’t know.  But I know that I’ve been a lot more tired and stressed by the end of the day over the last two weeks than normal.  I spent four hours on phone/webex meetings today, and by the end of the day I didn’t want to see or speak to another human being.

I’m pretty pleased with my office nook, but find that I prefer standing to sitting.  I need to get one of the anti-fatigue mats though.

Unrelated, the brother-in-law’s birthday is approaching and I know what to get him…but it won’t arrive in time due to virus-related shipping delays.  😦

In terms of entertainment, I’ve managed to watch bits of different comfort movies/shows all week.  Different Harry Potters are airing each night, and I’ve watched some of my favorite episodes of GBBO, as well as bits of North & South.  I’ve gone through and bookmarked a bunch of things to watch, but haven’t started them.

Want to read Robert Reich’s new book, but I can’t buy any new books right now unless I finish/cull other books.  The library is usually my alternative for that, but they are closed for the duration.

Got my census reminder, have done my civic duty.

I’m going to have a glass of wine and fall asleep early.



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5 responses to “Oddities of working at home

  1. We just do phone calls – Zoom is used for screen sharing. So that’s easier, I think. I also jealously guard my lunch hour – besides eating, I’ll go for a short walk, make some art, or even take a shower. All things that break me out of work mode. If I don’t get that time to reset mentally, then I do feel frazzled and tired.

    • Thank you for the suggestions. I’ve had a really hard time setting aside a lunch hour or even break. I end up going for a walk in the evening instead.

  2. I agree on feeling more tired and stressed at the end of the day. It may be that once we get used to these different ways of communicating it won’t be as bad, but right now it seems to take a huge amount of energy.

    We watched the first two episodes of Star Trek: Picard. Not bad so far, and it’s wonderful to see Patrick Stewart and the others again in their roles.

    • Oh, I keep meaning to watch Picard. I just finished reading The Last Best Hope, a Picard novel set (I think) before the series. I haven’t read much of the ST novel series, but this was recommended by my library, so…

  3. Put the hour in your work calendar, so you have a reminder. It will help. Really! I say this as someone who has been working from home for nearly 16 years now altho just once a week in the beginning).

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