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April 16, 2020

The World's New Acronym...WTFH

In these troubling times a large portion of society is now working from home.  In fact, this could end up being a more permanent change with many companies realizing that their employees do not need to be in the same place of work to get the job done.  The world is certainly a changing place, with shopping malls closing down and now, office space could be difficult to lease.  The acronym for the title of this piece, WTFH, has "T" for "Together" thrown in to the "Work From Home" aspect because at this time we must do this together.  By working from home we are acting together to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.  Although we are not socializing in person, we are certainly working together as a human race to limit the effects of COVID-19.  In the meantime, follow my simple tips ad guidance so as to be the most effective employee or business person you can be by WTFH.

The guide to working from home from someone who has been doing it for 20 years:

  1. Go to pretend work.  What I mean by that is begin the day as if yo are going to the office.  Pretend you are getting ready to leave the house.  Have breakfast, shower, put on some "real" clothes and settle in at the comfortable spot you call the "office".
  2. Find the location you function best - if you're not lucky enough to have a designated office, try certain areas of the home.  I find a designated space works best, when it's not the living room.  If you work on the couch it can be too distracting, with a TV around, but more importantly, when you finish the day and "go home" and then go back to the couch, you're never actually leaving work.  Some people might have multiple spaces to freshen up.  For example, when I take difficult phone calls, I walk up and down the street...the neighbors must think I'm crazy.
  3. Turn off distractions - no TV or social media.  Some people like background noise, such as music, but I like silence so I can hear the brain cogs churning...but each to their own.
  4. Be sure to rest.  It's easy to get too indulged sometimes, which will lead to burn out.  Take designated breaks for snacks and lunch...and do not eat in front of the computer.  Be sure to move, get up for water and get plenty of fluids.
  5. Be ergonomic.  If you don't have a proper office or desk, be aware of your position.  Leaning forward on a coffee table can tighten certain muscles and lead to a bad back or tight frontal part of the body.
  6. Don't get carried away...unless you own your own business and every minute turns into dollar bills.  Be sure to have a schedule.  Set a routine to log off and end the day or it can end up very late and past dinner time.
  7. Probably the toughest of them all is...How do you deal with the spouse, partner, kids and pets?  My wife may come in and ask "What's for dinner tonight, has the dog been fed, or do you need anything from the store?"  All I can say is be polite and nice in your response or come up with a humorous answer.  Training the kids or dog may be more difficult, however.  Time sharing the kids could be an option if you have a partner or neighbors.  Also, walking the dog could be a nice distraction and break from work and provide much needed fresh air.
April 2, 2020

Life After COVID-19

"THIS TOO SHALL PASS"

Never have truer words been spoken.  There are many legends as to where these words came from, but they were certainly enhanced by Abraham Lincoln in 1895.

When things are bad, remember:

It won't always be this way.

Take one day at a time.

When things are good, remember:

It won't always be this way.

Enjoy every moment.

So, how do we take one day at a time and always look on the bright side of life?

  1. If you have any money at the end of this, there are going to be some incredible bargains out there.  You may invest in the stock market, find an investment property, or just buys some toys you wanted for a long time.
  2. If you don't have money at the end of this...make some.  It is a great opportunity to pare down on clutter and simplify your life.  Off-load anything you don't need.  Have a garage sale, put it on E-Bay, take equity from your property or move to something less expensive.
  3. Protect you credit.  Your number is more important than your name.  Credit affects everything, so try to move any debt to low interest credit cards and consolidate as much as possible.
  4. Don't be ashamed to beg and borrow (from the government).  The programs are out there and intended for EVERY US citizen and business.  Look at every opportunity.  If yo don't ask, you won't receive.
  5. Use the downtime to improve skills and knowledge.  Take online classes, read books, or watch videos to enhance your sales, communication or marketing talents.  You will be more employable or boost your business in "LAC"...Life After COVID.
  6. Re-evaluate life.  We all get trapped on the hamster wheel and don't know where we are going.  What do you want in life and why are you here?  Is it what you were doing before COVID or is it time for an adjustment?  Job, time allocation, relationships, accommodations, travel, finances....What can you amend to make YOUR world a better place?
  7. At the very least, give yourself something to look forward to.  Maybe visit a loved one you haven't seen in a while.  We all need a goal, purpose or a rainbow to chase.

Keep your chin up, spirits high, work hard, stay focused...and "THIS TOO SHALL PASS".

July 31, 2017

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