How Daisy's Work and Life Have Changed Since COVID-19

We asked the HASS Young Alumni Ambassadors to tell us something they had to give up or change for their work or daily activities. This is Daisy's response: 

I used to work Tuesday to Friday, workout multiple times a week, see friends and family, have a round-trip daily commute of about 90 mins (where I would get valuable reading time!), and would prep all my meals for the week. I have since had three days of working from home and it’s been a surreal experience. On the one hand, I can sleep in more and do fun things with my partner on my lunch break like watch a TV show together, play card games, or even bake cookies. On the other hand, it’s harder to motivate myself to get up at the same time in the morning (since I have so much more time up my sleeve with no commute). I’ve tried to do a few virtual workouts and go for a few walks but it’s not quite the same as working out with friends or hitting my 10,000 step goal without even trying on normal work days.

My biggest strategies to manage the working-from-home transition are:

  • Have a dedicated work space (where you can close the door at the end of the day). I have an office in our spare bedroom (and my own little nameplate on the door) and the door to that room stays closed until I “go to work”.
  • Dress up like you’re going into the office. I still put on my nice outfits and put on some makeup so I feel like I’m in “professional” mode. I’m dressing for the workday not the work location.
  • Take regular breaks! Since I’ve been working from home, I can see how easy it is to hone in on a task and suddenly hours have gone by! I try and get up every hour or so to stretch, drink some water, or get a snack. That way I refresh my mind and my body.
  • Stay connected. There’s so many ways to stay connected to friends, family, and colleagues. My colleagues and I do a video call each morning to check in and I participate in a few friend group chats. I’m also scheduling virtual catchups with family and friends like virtual boardgames nights, brunches, and dancing.
  • Treating your calendar as your friend. Scheduling check-ins with friends/family, exercise, and time away from devices and news updates is important. We need structure now more than ever because our routines have been disrupted.

Learn more about Daisy and the HASS Young Alumni Ambassadors here