5 Lessons I Learnt Working From Home

Chris McQueen

It's not as bad as you think it is

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In Germany, every second person partially works from home. This number only speaks for the working force. All universities and most schools have also shut their doors for the second time in the past two years.

To say we live in crazy times, might well be an understatement. I have found myself at home most of this last year. Either in online university- classes or working remotely.

As the lockdown anniversary is slowly approaching, I wrote this article, to sum up, what I’ve learnt. If you’ve been working from home, you’ll probably relate to a few of these points.

Enough said, let’s get cracking!

1. All beauty fades

When we started our home-office-marathon, we weren’t aware of it being a marathon. I remember beginning day one of online uni and rejoicing.

“Finally the ability to decide what lectures to listen to and which one’s to skip”, I thought. As our university never offered online courses, this was a revolutionary moment. And surprisingly enough, it was a smooth transition into the world of online learning.

However, after a few weeks and the first month, I started missing university friends and human contact in general. The summer months were set out to spend with friends swimming in the local lakes and relaxing. Well, it turned out to be a summer of isolation in our back garden.

The beauty of our new situation started to fade. The initial high resulted in a low. Especially when our second wave hit mid-November. Christmas festivities and special weeks with your friends over the new year were cancelled. And ever since we are sitting at home, working, eating, going for walks and reminiscing the ‘good old times’.

If you’ve been felt “locked-in” in this “lockdown”, you’re not alone. We all have struggled.

I’ve learnt not all beauty will last. We will see this through, but need to embrace the fact that “beauty will fade.”

2. Invest the time saved

But not all has been doom and gloom. I’ve been able to save up to three hours a day that I’d typically be commuting. This has opened a window of opportunities.

I’ve invested the time into more university revision, fitness, and health. I’ve been able to start new habits and improve existing skills. I’ve learnt to take time out and listen to the quiet.

How have you made use of your commuting time? Some say, an 8-hour day automatically turned into a 10-hour day. Let’s hope that isn’t the case for you!

3. Find new hobbies

One way you can use the time available to you is to find new hobbies.

I’ve ventured out of the house to look for new photo opportunities, run my bi-daily run, keep up my fitness and enjoy the purity of nature. At home, I’ve started a new software development course and found an interest in investing.

You might have found over hobbies that bring a smile to your face when you’re doing them. There’s never been a better time to start new hobbies. All the extra time without any distractions in the evenings and weekends have made it easy to build a new hobby.

So let me ask you one thing: What hobby has always excited you, but you’ve never got round to starting? Make it a reality, today!

New apps on your phones and modern communication, will aid you in achieving your goal.

4. Connect with your friends

Friendships have been extremely tough to keep alive. We’ve lost touch with those around us.

With the new time available to use, how will we try our best to interact and connect to friends and family?

A weekly zoom session? Occasional FaceTime calls? Try setting up a routine and a regular event. If both parties are keen, you’ll see it works wonders.

Chatting and seeing friends and family over modern technology will also keep you sane. Sanity and safety in this depressing situation are elemental to emerge stronger from this pandemic.

5. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel

You might know the feeling of an endless tunnel. You start driving into it, and all the kids are excited. Some will try and hold their breath to the end of it. When it starts going on forever, they will give up the game, and the novelty wears off.

Our last year has been a long dark tunnel. But now we see a small dim light at the end of the tunnel. We’re moving towards it as fast as we can.

Can you see that light at the end of the tunnel? Are you looking out for it? Let us encourage one another to all seek out that light and focus on it.

There will be an end to these crazy times. Hang in there just a little longer.

Where there is no vision the people perish

The real question is, are we seeing the signs given to us? These times are pointing us towards a hope a big celebration that is soon to come.

Are you scared or afraid in these times? You’re not alone. As the Bible says

“where there is no vision the people perish”

Do you have a vision or a goal you’re working towards?

Despite hardship and struggles, God has a reason for putting allowing this pandemic to take place. I’ve felt more connected and in awe with my creator.

What have you learnt in these last few months?

Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading.

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