How do you cope with working from home these days?

Most of us were forced to switch to remote working at the beginning of the year. I have to admit that although in our company Mudita, we were prepared for this mode of work, it wasn’t quite easy. Or at least in my case. Working from home, combined with the help of a teenage kid who started remote learning at the same time and a dog - happy that his “mummy” is at home. It was sometimes a nightmare.

It took me a good few weeks to work out the right logistics of work. The worst moments were when this invisible border between work and home was blurred.

And how about you? Do you have a well-proven solution that you could share here?

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@JoannaM - I totally agree that working from home in the times of this pandemic is not an easy task. You are absolutely right, that it is extremely hard to divide your work and home duties. I can imagine it is a bit easier for non-parents, as they can organize their day much better (but still with a high dose of self motivation), but for parents it’s almost impossible.

Even though both my wife and me were at home for the most time, organizing our life was tricky - remote work (both my wife and me), remote school (our 8 years old son), remote kindergarten (our 6 years old daughter) and the youngest one (2 years old daughter) craving for attention all the time. So what we did was taking turns - my wife working for 2-3 hours, while I was taking care of the kids and home and then we switched again and again. It was not a perfect solution, since we were almost never able to end our work day in “normal” hours, but for us nothing else worked. It surely blurred the work-home border, but that was the best plan we could come up with.

I second the question about the well-proven solutions - with the highly probable return of the pandemic in the fall season, they might come in handy. Thanks!

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I did it for 2 years while working in video game development. It was awful, and in the end the only way I could figure out how to make it work, even after renting my own office suite near home, was to find different work. I need clear boundaries in life, and it was a tough lesson to realize that I couldn’t just “go with the flow” or do the “convenient” thing that everyone else kept telling me was ideal. It wasn’t for me. I’m paid a lot less now working at a brick and mortar job, but I’m much, much happier. I encourage others to trust their gut, too, rather than get swept up by the hype of a supposedly “gravy” situation that is anything but when you actually have to live it.

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Very well said! Thank you @boneblack !

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Not well,

I’ve got more stress acne than I have in a long time. I’ve gained some weight and started having stomach pain more frequently. With that being said, I’ve spent a lot more time working on my blog/website and it’s been really helping my mental health. I can’t wait to ditch my smartphone and get something simpler and be less distracted by YouTube videos, articles and looking up stuff when I don’t really need too.

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Hi @braillynn,

I understand you exactly. In the first weeks of working online, I also had problems concentrating. It was just that there were a lot of things distracting me, not only social media but just being at home inspired me more to do housework rather than work.

I think it’s good to set boundaries. The family is also supposed to know that you are working during the given hours and you are “unavailable” at that time.

As to talk about my experience, I set such boundaries with my son. In addition, I logged out of all social media accounts on the computer, and I keep on leaving the phone in the bathroom so that I would not be tempted. :slightly_smiling_face:

I also stopped buying sweet snacks and set exact times to eat meals. What I have in unlimited quantities is access to water.

It happens that I sometimes miss people. Fortunately, I work in a fantastic team like Mudita, and in moments of “loneliness”, we video call each other. But not only. I take my dog ​​for an hour walk at least once a day. At that time I make sure go to places where I will definitely see other people.

Putting your thoughts on paper is also a fantastic idea. So I think if writing a blog helps you, just keep doing it. :grin:

I wish you all the best and good luck in creating your perfect place to wor!. I also keep my fingers crossed for the decision to ditch your smartphone in favor of a simple device. I would love to read soon how you are doing. :wink:

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