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Monday, November 30, 2020

Pandemic Diairies: Work Life

It has been nine months since this pandemic has started affecting the country. So much about our daily lives has changed, work-life included. We were off to a bumpy start at first: I was allowed to work from home at the beginning, then I was no longer allowed to work from home two months later. It was giving me so much anxiety to be at the office with limited space and being around so many people at the same time. At that point, I knew that I was actually more productive at home than I was at the office because my mind was busy worrying more than working just in the first month back alone.

Thankfully, after two whole months of being back at the office, my boss decided to allow me to work from home on the condition that I would be reporting to the office once a week and on days when my physical presence would be necessary for several work requirements. As an added bonus, he decided to adjust the work schedules of everyone at the office so that we would not all be there at the same time, which was a relief since that meant there would not be that many people whenever I reported to the office.


As of today, it has been five months since I resumed working from home. I have been tracking my work accomplishments/progress via the Clockify App and have been placing my work documents on the cloud so that whatever I work on at home can also be easily accessed via my office computer. 

I have developed new habits now that I have been working from home. I wake up early every morning, step on the elliptical, and get my workout done for the day before I take a quick shower and breakfast. I get some morning sun with my coffee then get started with work. I figured that since I was allowed to be safe by staying at home I might as well make the most of it by taking measures to ensure my continued health by exercising and getting some sun, which is said to be good for the immune system.

Another thing I have been making sure to do is taking breaks from being in front of the laptop. Just the act of standing up and walking around a bit every now and then to make sure that I have enough physical activity during the day. Being at home means there is no place to go so I wanted to avoid the dangerous habit of sitting all day if I can. I also use these breaks to go and help my nephew and niece, who are both in high school and studying at home like the rest of the kids in the country.

One of the things that I appreciate the most about working from home is the time that I get to spend with my family. It made me realize how much time I spend away from them by working all day during the week at the office. When I think about it, I have spent more time working than with my own family in the past two decades that I have been employed...this pandemic has allowed me to be around my family more and I am making the most of it while I can.

I have been talking with my boss and there are plans for me to go back to regularly reporting for work at the office again by early next year. Everyone else will be going back to their regular work schedules as well. They are planning to free up some space in the building so that we won’t be so crowded. I am feeling worried just thinking about that, to be honest. I am already having separation anxiety at the thought of being away from my family during the workdays/hours, I am worried about how much more panicked I would be when I actually have to be back already.

I really hope that the vaccines that are in the news these days will help ease the threat of the virus soon. Our lives may not completely go back to normal yet after it, but it would be nice to be a little less worried for a change.


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  1. So true! Working from home can be a lot of fun because you have time to do things you wouldn't usually get to do. Great blog post!

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    1. Do you work from home too? Thanks for stopping by Audrina!

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    2. Yes, I've been working from home for a while now. I've honestly enjoyed it, because it has given me time to do things I'd never thought I'd do, like start blogging!

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