The Plague is Here, Part Eleven – Working From Home Edition

Tomorrow, we will have two adults, one college punk, and a high school kid all working from home. AT THE SAME TIME. It’s going to be interesting.

Steve has serious concerns about how all the system will handle all those millions students using programs like Zoom and Google Classroom at the same time, while parents are using their own massive programs.

Our wifi crashed yesterday. What’s going to happen tomorrow?

Since people aren’t used to working from home, and I’m a wfh (work from home, in the new lingo) pro, so I’ll share some tips.

We redid the office a few weeks ago. I’ll do a before and after post later. In the meantime, here’s one picture:

Here are my work-from-home tips:

  • Treat every day like a typical work day and follow your typical morning routine – shower, clothes, coffee, regular wake up time.
  • Since you don’t have a commute, you have time for a morning work out. It might be a simple 20 minute walk. But do something. It’s an opportunity for extra exercise, but you’re also missing out on the exercise with a commute. It’s easiest, if you immediately put on your workout clothes when you get out of bed.
  • Clothes. Do NOT wear sweats and yoga pants. Dress for productivity.
  • Do NOT snacks. Eat regular meals, but if you need a break, make a cup of tea.
  • With multiple people in the house at the same time, everybody needs their own space. Everybody has to know the rules. My major rule is that nobody can talk to me when I’m writing. I will destroy you, if you break my train of thought as I get ideas from brain to computer screen.

I’m about to go for a walk with Ian, so I’ll write a bit on this topic and then come back in an hour or two. BTW, you all should do that. Go for a walk or a hike. Keep the immune system and mental health strong!

3 thoughts on “The Plague is Here, Part Eleven – Working From Home Edition

  1. Here’s a chart that shows why I shouldn’t let my 20-something-year-olds out of the house. Or at least not near my old self.

    It shows that where they are testing everyone (South Korea) instead of just those with symptoms (Italy) the 20-year-olds are infected way more than any other group. In South Korea, lmost 30% of 20-29-year-olds are inflected–They just don’t have symptoms.

    My kids are going to be the problem!! As always.


  2. My husband and I just took a 2+ mile walk in the sunshine. It’s been a hairy 24 hours. I will fill y’all in when I am ready to talk about it, which I am not yet.

    At my house we all have designated areas. Oh wait, my husband and son have designated areas. I have the comfy chair in the living room. It sucks, but I have now carved out a corner of the bedroom for a desk so I can get work done. And I have *so* much work. I have two classes, one independent study, and a bunch of Honors students working on theses. Not to mention a meeting tomorrow to approve a new program I’m in charge of, a meeting that we’ve all been encouraged to Skype into. And in fact, I am now highly discouraged from even going to campus because I am on the 12th day post-return from Barcelona.


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