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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Quarantine Diaries: 1 Month


I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! I have been in quarantine for about a month and I thought I would write a post about what it has been like for me adjusting to this new way of life.

I began working from home on March 9th. That's when news about coronavirus cases in Midtown were starting to get really serious, so a lot of people at my firm were starting to have discussions about working from home. A couple days later, on the 12th, I moved into my new apartment and I am so glad it was done before businesses started shutting down.

Then March 15th through the 21st, I was on "vacation" which I wrote about in my last post. I used that time to get fully settled into my new apartment and also read about how others were adjusting to working from home. Once my vacation ended on the 22nd, I was excited to implement some of the ideas I had read online until I realized they just really weren't that applicable to me.

WORKING FROM HOME
After my vacation ended, I actually didn't like working from home, but I didn't really have time to complain because I was extremely busy at work. After pretty much nonstop 15-18 hour workdays, I adjusted a lot and now I feel a lot more comfortable working from home.

I think the key is, like with everything, to find out what works for you. A lot of the WFH tips I found online didn't really work for me. For example, instead of wearing normal work clothes, I actually work in my Lululemon leggings, sports bra and oversized sweatshirts. Instead of wearing makeup, I keep my face clean and natural. The only steady morning routine I have is making my bed and taking a hot shower in the morning.

WFH has a lot of obvious cons: Internet connection at home was not as fast as the office, no printer (I ordered one a couple days ago!), remote access to the Bloomberg terminal just felt slower than being on the actual terminal.

BUT it also has a lot of pros too. I really appreciate that after a late night, I can maximize the amount of sleep I get since I don't have to wake up extra early to get dressed, commute, etc. Now, all I really need is 10-15 minutes to "get ready" in the morning. I also love that I can take a 15-minute power nap when I need it. These actually really help me get through a long day, especially if I had a super late night the night before. In the office, it's hard to do this and you end up drinking way too much coffee, which isn't always as effective as a quick power nap.

Jacket: Vince | Top: Club Monaco | Jeans: J Brand (old, similar)

One personal downside of quarantine for me is loneliness. Loneliness is nothing new to me, since I have lived away from home since I was 16 years old. Investment banking hours are long, but it helps with my loneliness because I am constantly surrounded by people at the office. Since I live alone in NYC, it has been especially lonely lately, since I literally don't see anyone all day, unless I go down to pick up my packages from my doorman... But at the same time, not having roommates means having less to worry about in terms of Coronavirus.

How are you adjusting to quarantine? What helps you stay productive?

Anyway, I don't love quarantine, but I don't think we have a choice but to make it work. Let's keep flattening the curve. Stay healthy and safe!

Thanks for reading,
Phyllis

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