Earlier this year, our world began to seemingly turn upside down. It seems as though overnight, we all began wearing face coverings, washing our hands religiously, and even changing up our schedules to work from home. Remote work has become the norm around the world, and it makes us wonder if we will ever go back to our lives as we know them. Is this the end of the ability to go to a job outside the home or have we finally reached the point where all our lives are spent in one place? There are a lot of unknowns, but what do we know right now?
Our primary focus these days is not on ourselves and how to adjust to working from home, but how this whole COVID 19 Pandemic is affecting our children. Normalcy has changed for them as well. Some countries are maintaining a 5 or 6 month long summer as of right now and as numbers take a second rise, these months could, potentially turn into longer. Schools are working to make it safe to reopen, but as with all entities of life these days, there are a lot of unknowns. However, children still need an education and we will all make adjustments to allow that to take place even if it is primarily accomplished at home.
For months offices have been seemingly devoid of human life leaving some companies to wonder if they should remain paying for their large facility when work can be done remotely. Truthfully, these larger corporations and even some of the smaller businesses are pulling out of their larger facilities and toning things down a bit. Smaller offices in suburban communities are becoming far more popular than ever before simply because it is less expensive than maintaining a large facility in a big city.
We live in an information era. With the touch of your finger, you can find anything you want to know. Unfortunately, the during this age, that means anyone can post anything they wish online as well. Information is everywhere about the virus, numbers, and predictions for the future. Before sharing, posting, or writing anything about the virus, be sure to know what the sources are. Satire websites, for instance provide a good laugh, but should never be regarded as credible information. There is a lot of information available, so know your sources and only trust in credible information.
Life is crazy at times and traditionally, the average family will venture out of the home once each week to frequent their favorite restaurant. That notion has almost vanished in some areas as of late. However, certain restaurants have begun to open up for indoor dining. Additionally, more restaurants are making adjustments to provide outdoor dining options so their patrons can still eat out, but in a safer environment. Restaurants are also embracing delivery options and curbside pickup to maintain their customer base and keep going as best as possible.
Although certain aspects of life, such as attending overcrowded, large scale events has changed, work is something that does not stop. Businesses are embracing the concept of remote meetings and with our digital society, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, it can be stressful to readjust your whole life to work at your home. It can be a challenge to separate work from family when you are in the same space. Children and pets do not understand work/home boundaries and that can be a challenge, but we all have to make changes in our lives and keep them going in the best way possible. People must still work to provide for their families.
Working from home can be a challenge and not having that time away from family can become a bit daunting, but the employee can make some adjustments to make the job a little more enjoyable. Among the best way to help when you begin to feel hemmed in is to take your work outside. Whether you have a large outdoor space or just a small balcony, time outside is a way to recharge and refocus. Days where there is a lot of cloud cover are ideal for working on a laptop as there is little glare to the screen. It also allows you to kind of separate from the rest of the family for just a little while. Space can be a healthy thing when everyone is together all the time.
The world has changed, and it is human nature to fight against change. However, change is largely the way we grow as people, so sometimes a change to our routine can be a great thing. As with anything, there are things we can all do to help each other out during these uncertain times. One of the best things to do is to support your local businesses. Local businesses can be struggling during this time and finding a way to support them is essential to the livelihood of the community.
Let me take this time to let you know that you are doing great. It is so easy to become discouraged during these uncertain times. You may feel as though others are adjusting better than you, but remember, posts on social media can be misleading. They are experiencing the same struggles you are, so never believe anyone is devoid of adjustment issues. We are all in this together and we will get through it, so be encouraged. You are doing great!
It remains uncertain whether we will ever go back to the way things once were. You may remain working from home for a while, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Enjoy your family, enjoy your away from the morning commute, and embrace what is now. We will adapt as we need to for the future.
By: Lee Preston
Lee is the Director of Marketing and Promotion for EZstorit.com. When she is not working with our storage facilities partners, she is writing about topics that affect our daily lives.