ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The coronavirus outbreak has caused many to work from home.
While this means you can get things done from the comfort of your couch, it’s important to stay focused and on-track. If you don’t have a home office space, you can get creative with it.
“My work office is actually set up in our living room, so I can hardline my computer and take away from the wifi the kids need.” CAP COM Federal Credit Union employee, Rebecca Simpson, said.
Two lifestyles, one roof. Simpson is a mother of three and meshes both together by making calls for work while taking care of her children. Though she mentions it feels like an all-day, 24/7 gig, she’s making the most out of a unique situation with quality family time.
“We’ve been able to actually eat dinner as a family, which is a nice bonus. I can’t tell you the last time, besides this week, we’ve all been home at the same moment to have dinner together,” Simpson said. “It makes you step back and find a new-norm. Everyone is so busy all the time and complaining about that, but now we can look back and say okay, ‘that stuff isn’t important,’ you have to take care of what’s in house.”
In general, when it comes to working from home, getting your technology organized will not only make things easier on you, but will also help separate your work-life from your home-life. That means keeping a laptop and charger in-sight while designating a specific room for work purposes.
If you have a family, multi-tasking can be a challenge. Experts suggest it’s best they know when you are working and when you’re not so they can limit disruptions. Balancing family time is a top-priority and as more information unfolds, it’s important to get together and talk about the latest updates.
“It’s really important for couples and families to contain that so I suggest 30 mins a day,” Relationship expert, Dr. Laura Berman, said. “Discuss newest information, make a plan of how you are going to handle it and then the rest of your time together take advantage of it be positive it will minimize anxiety and maximize connection.”
Although stressful times, they say it’s best to avoid aruging in front of kids and to use this extra time around the house for bonding and making your family stronger.