Zoom meets have ruiled the work force (for those of us who can work from home) for about 12 weeks (give or take) and counting. I’m not sure about you but I am over Zoom! (sorry, not sorry).
They are mundane and can be a tedious task especially when no one participates in the meeting. The number of my meetings has luckily subsided to about twice a week, down from 7-10.
Pro’s of Zoom Meeting
Con’s of Zoom Meeting
– Social Interaction
– Personal connection is lost
– Work from my own home in comfy clothes (code phrase for pj’s)
– No strict work/home life balance
– Open’s new doors and strategies for the work force
– Technical difficulties
-Time flies with hour long sessions (on average)
– Disrupt my daily work flow
One might think that I am rather content if not happy that my zoom meetings have reduced dramatically but I actually miss them. I miss the social interaction part. For the past three weeks my colleagues and I set up a weekly trivia night. It’s so fun, makes me laugh and makes me feel somewhat normal again.
Although I may be Zoomed Out! I don’t think I’m quite ready to shift back into a normal work routine in the office. I’ve got another month at least to enjoy being at home, wearing my pj’s, not having to commute and most of all with my cat.
Since I began working from home, I like many others have now blurred the lines of the work, home life balance. Many are wearing new hats from parents, school teachers and more I’m sure that the lines will be blurred.
I’ve made myself a schedule of when I’m at work vs. at home without actually leaving my space. I set up my desk and when I sit at it — I’m at work and when I’m not well typically I’m not working. I have set up a schedule as to when I should be “off” and when I should be “at work,” but even those lines are blurred. Sure I’ll still answer emails from my phone if it’s something that I can answer and its before/after my working hours.
Example: yesterday I worked later than normal because I had this project I was determined to finish but come to find out it needed further tweaking today, which is fine because it was a minor edit.
My new normal like everyone else’s right now is I’m sure, a bit chaotic in trying to juggle everything while being cooped up. Let’s be honest though, there’s only so much binge watching one can do before they go stir crazy.
We might be closed off from society but I think we should open the windows and let some fresh air in every sunny day. Heck, step outside for a break and take a nice breathe of fresh air. (Currently, I’m sitting on my “back porch” sitting on a stool, listening to an acoustic playlist on Spotify while I type this post. Pretty sure I need to get a regular sized chair soon).
To recap my long tanget, develop a schedule and try to stick to it the best you can. Don’t forget to give yourself some time to break away from work to step outside and get some fresh air.
The commute to the office was easy. No traffic just a sleepy cat that needed to be relocated off of me. The coffee was excellent and the day started right on the dot. Today’s going to be a great day, or so I thought.
I enjoy Ted talks that are short about 15min or really any movie about that length. I’ve attend webinars in the past, but today was just dreadful. Back-to-back webinars, for 4 hours, all centered around the same topic: covid-19.
By the time I left my office desk my brain was fried. Each webinar offered a few tips here and there but generally had the same messaging: treat this like a natural disaster oh and we are all in uncharted waters (well that makes me feel better).
To revive my fried brain, I attempted to do yoga. I never understood the purpose of yoga. I thought it was for the weak who didn’t want to lift iron. Today I found out I was wrong. Yoga is challenging and I probably should do more of it now that I’m on house arrest.
After I did just 30 mins of yoga, I felt relieved from the day at work. Tomorrow will be a new day, a new challenge. But… I’d like to know what you’re doing during these uncertain times to keep your sanity.
P.S. — typing this from my phone is a but of a challenge vs. my computer, lesson learned.