My poor computer and Internet have been working overtime lately. I have been up for less than an hour and have already downloaded five video files, am converting five video files, and am currently uploading a file to YouTube. I need to convert some video files before I can edit them because my video editing program does not read the .mov files my clients and volunteers send me that are recorded on iPhones properly. I do not know why those files open as audio only in my program, but if I convert them to a .mp4 file I can edit the files without any trouble. I can convert the files while I am doing other tasks, so it is not a big deal.
I am not the only one tearing up the Internet. I spoke to my youngest sister yesterday, and she told me she now works remotely every day. My sister’s job has been offering over time on Saturdays and even last Sunday, so she is working as much as she can while her state is on a stay-at-home order. My sister’s husband, and his son, who just graduated college, also both can work from home, although the son’s hours are less. Another of my sisters emailed me and said she is also working from home and working less hours.
One good result from these stay-at-home orders could be that more companies offer more people the option to work remotely. I know some employers do not trust their employees to stay on task if they are not directly supervised, and I believe that is true for many people. However, there are a lot of people who are more productive outside of an office environment. When I worked in an office, I never got as much work done in the office as I could from home with a toddler. People in offices want to socialize and have meetings and everyone has a question. The constant interruptions kill productivity.
There are people who find the interruptions at home kill their productivity. Some people cannot separate their home responsibilities from their work responsibilities when they work from home. Some people try to multitask household chores in with their work tasks and we all know multitasking is a myth. If your kids or significant other keep interrupting you or you feel like you should be doing household chores while you are working, create, and follow, a schedule. You can work from 8:00 a.m. through noon with a ten-minute break at 10:00 a.m. to toss laundry or dishes in the washer and answer family questions. Take an hour for lunch, and then work from 1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. with a ten-minute break at 3:00 p.m.
I am finding it a little more difficult to keep my schedule on track, now that more people are in my house on weekdays. The governor of Colorado has not announced it yet, but I am pretty certain my seven-year-old, Mika, will be at home on weekdays until early August. I am supposed to be working extra March, April, and May, so I can focus on Mika for June and July. This is the third week I have had Mika home unexpectedly, and I spend two hours a day focused on getting her to do her schoolwork.
I have been editing a lot of videos these past few weeks, and Mika frequently gets loud when she plays video games. Mika can be loud when I am scheduling emails or social media, but I have trouble hearing my video when she is shouting at the computer screen. Mika tries to be quieter when I tell her she is too loud; however, five or ten minutes later her decibel level starts to creep up again.
My older daughter lost her other two jobs, so she comes later to do my morning care, which means I get up later. Starting my workday later shortens my works hours a little bit more, and I have already given up work time for Mika’s schoolwork. When my significant other ends up with an unexpected day off, I feel a little guilty for not spending time with him (only a little guilty because we cannot leave the house).
My piece of advice to you is to enjoy working at home if that is your current fate. If working at home fits your life and job duties, try to persuade your boss to allow you to continue, at least a day or two each week.
Until next time,
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