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This quote has been my mantra during this unpresented time of COVID-19. Every time I feel unmotivated, I remember this quote. Every time I reach for that extra cookie or pack of fruit snacks, I remind myself of this quote. For many of us right now there’s a pressure to continue life and work as usual. While also prioritizing our physical and emotional well-being. There’s a pressure to show up to work or school with the same zeal and enthusiasm as before. There’s an unspoken expectation to adjust to these virtual workspaces as if it’s the same as going into the office or school. Financial pressures to maintain similar workloads. A pressure to make birthdays and graduations just as special through a screen as they were in person.
With all the pressure and expectations, whether internal or external, I’ve had to remind myself that none of this is normal and it’s okay if I don’t respond as if it is. It’s okay if I’m a little less productive during the week or uninterested in attending zoom birthday parties. It’s okay to give myself time and space to mentally and emotional adjust to this present reality.
Here are a few things I’ve done to maintain perspective on the fact that I’m home working through a pandemic and not simply working from home.
Creating and maintaining a schedule has helped me adjust to this new and temporary reality of working from home. However, that schedule has a modified work time and more scheduled breaks. It was unrealistic for me to work from 8-5 in an uncomfortable dining room chair while looking at a computer screen. I had to adjust my schedule to something feasible for the work environment I was in with more breaks that allowed me to disconnect from the screen and the work.
Disconnecting from the screen…all of them. Being at home I’m forced to use my phone, computer, and tv much more often, for both enjoyment and work. Consequently, I’ve had to be more intentional about disconnecting, not responding to the text, or joining the zoom calls to recalibrate. It’s required me to sit still, pull out my coloring book and just enjoy the moments with no technology.