As individuals and organizations take on proper physical distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have found ourselves spending more time at home for many reasons. What was once a common place to eat, sleep, and unwind, our homes also double as remote workspaces for those of us that have the option of working from home. With this significant change, we need to adapt to become more flexible with how we use our homes. We’re asking people in our community to share their work from home (WFH) spaces, routines, and coping mechanisms.
What is your profession?
Visual Artist: painter and sculptor
Tell us about your workspace.
This is my little corner in my home where I have adjusted for work.
What are some important aspects of your WFH space?
Clean! Having a clean space is like decluttering your mind and less clutter is better for concentrating.
Do you have a WFH routine or tips?
I like to meditate before I start working in the morning or sneak in a yoga class before so that I can concentrate better. Ginger and lemon tea keep me hydrated as I sketch, or do research.
Do you have any WFH coping tips?
Many people concentrate better going to a studio or office because at home there are many distractions. I’ve always had a designated space to work at home. When I get ideas I want to work immediately so I don’t forget. What helps me is making a schedule of when I want to work and a priority list of things that need to be done.
When times are tough, gratitude is an integral part of keeping balanced. What are the things you are grateful for?
I am grateful for the health of all my loved ones. My father always told me, “as long as you’re healthy, you have everything.”
I’m very grateful for the beauty of the human soul. Everyone has been helping, donating, volunteering for those who are in need. Healthcare workers, post office employees and other essential workers, they’re what’s keeping everything together.
Sending and receiving love right now is important. How are you expressing your love for the people in your life?
I’ve managed to make cards and send them via snail mail. I find so much beauty in hand-written notes, so I sent friends and family little care packages with chocolates and notes.
*Are you working from home? Want to share your WFH space, routine, or coping mechanism? We’d love to hear from you.