With Coronavirus gloriously robust and statements about the only possible survivors - freelance writers (thank you, Sam Adams) - it is the time to revisit my 'Working From Home' playbook.
So, what are the musts, stay-aways, and don't-even-dare-to-think-abouts?
1) Lock the fridge. Seriously, if you don't want to find yourself gasping while trying to zip your pants (I've been there!) lock the freakin' fridge. And throw the key away.
2) Scrolling through Instagram or Twitter and shopping online does not classify as 'staying updated on Coronavirus' and preparing for a lock-up (I tried to lull my husband into believing this explanation, didn't work out).
"The terrifying thing about an outbreak that requires people not to leave their homes ... is it means the only ones to survive will be freelance writers." - Sam Adams
3) Don't pretend you are running a laundry business. I get it. I, for once, would like to see the elusive bottom of my laundry basket. But going overboard with the laundry won't make you feel better and definitely won't get you far on your assignment (I've checked).
4) Don't forget about the proper breaks. And with these, I don't mean two hours naps and Netflix marathon. But a quality lunch or a nice 15min walk can do miracles (ah, I know, Netflix sounds waaaaaay more appealing than a stroll around the block. I'm with you on Netflix;)
5) Treat yourself with delicious snacks. Imagine you have in-house Starbucks or whatever is your favorite coffee place. Stock on good coffee, fabulous snacks, and creamy dark chocolate (my guilty pleasure). And working from home doesn't sound that miserable after all.
6) Talk to yourself out loud. Nobody listens anyway. No judgments, no lunatic diagnoses, no cocking eyebrows. Hell, sing, dance, recite "The Forsyte Saga" and definitely talk to yourself out loud. It's so much fun, and you sure are an incredible orator.
Jokes aside (however, what but the humor will lift us in these uncertain times?), wherever you work, please, stay safe and take care of yourself.
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Written by A. van Eck-Samarina
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