My “office space” that had formerly been filled with coworkers and meetings to discuss projects and catch up on each other’s lives, has now transitioned to the table in my one-bedroom apartment and conference calls through UberConference. While it’s nice to have software that allows for open conversation, as the weeks go by, I miss seeing everyone more and more. We’re a small team and our boss, Sarah, has created an environment that encourages the friendship we share with one another.
Creating a new routine for myself has been one of the most important things I’ve done during this time. It’s easy to get stuck in the habit of rolling out of bed, opening your laptop, and working without any breaks–and that’s exactly what happened to me during week one. By Friday I was exhausted and the thought of having to look at my screen again on Monday morning was a nightmare.
When Monday rolled around, I decided to treat it exactly like how I would a normal workday. I woke up early to make breakfast and get ready (of course this still meant putting on loungewear) and sat down to work. Only instead of not moving from my laptop, I would get up to walk around the room a few times an hour, pour a fresh cup of coffee, or grab a snack before settling back in. After my workday was over, I went out for a bike ride on our local rails-to-trails to keep my body moving and see some scenery other than the same four walls. At the end of the day, I felt better than I did any of the days the week prior.