Here are some simple work from home tips and how we manage to create a schedule that works for us. Literally. Here are my best tips—vegetable style.
This is now command central at our home.
It used to be used 1.27 times per month.
It’s used 1.27 times per minute.
We are all working from home. We are all studying and reading and learning and attending more Zoom meetings than we even thought possible. It’s the new normal. It’s the new reality. And to keep our sanity, this is how our house is structured now. All six of us have a separate workspace in the home. Mine is now in the upstairs bedroom. My husbands’ is in one of the spare bedrooms. My oldest son has the downstairs office. The other kids are in their bedrooms.
But this room.
The erstwhile dining room?
It’s a free zone where everyone can meet. A safe haven. If you want company you can bring your computer to this room and there will be coffee and music playing in the background and maybe a good-smelling candle burning and laughter.
Because here’s are four of my best work from home tips: stay organized, stay on task, don’t take yourself too seriously and always, always, always…
…always add the laughter.
This is my seat.
In command central, my place is at the end of the table here. And this is where I was sitting yesterday discussing my day with a cup of coffee and a piece of celery left over from a craft the twins and I filmed yesterday.
To make the craft? We needed celery. Not just one piece. Not just one stalk. Not just one bunch, but bags and bags and bags of celery.
After the craft was over, we have enough celery to feed a neighborhood. I cut it all up into pieces and put it in bags and filled the refrigerator drawer and told everyone that pretzels were out and celery was in.
And somewhere along the way?
I became a celery pusher.
A celery pusher. I sold that celery like I was part of a multi-level marketing vegetable scheme.
I mean, we had so much and it’s so good for you and who doesn’t need a piece of celery.
I put out plates with celery and hummus and celery and peanut butter and celery and ranch.
All the condiments, all the sauces, all the time.
There is no shame in my celery game.
One of my best work from home tips? Eat your vegetables.
I wish I could type laughter.
Or eye rolls.
Because that was what was going on at this table yesterday afternoon.
It was full of corny celery puns.
The kind of puns you are not ever supposed to laugh at. The kind of puns that aren’t even funny.
But they are SO DUMB that I laugh anyway.
I can’t help it.
The sheer absurdity of a really good corny pun always makes me giggle.
Every. Single. Time.
I think my son started it.
He told me that he felt like I was “stalking” him and that I should probably “leaf him alone.”
My husband joined in.
He told us we were all working so hard that we deserved a “celery increase.”
I tried so hard not to laugh.
This is a serious workplace and I’m trying to give serious work from home tips.
But when my husband said it he quirked his eyebrow and his eyes twinkled and he smiled that little half-smile with a dimple on one side that was so full of mischief that a giggle bubbled up inside of me that spilled out across the table.
I laughed so hard I almost spit out my coffee.
My best work from home tips?
- “Turnip” the music.
- Make sure to take breaks. Everyone will understand because we’ve all “bean” there.
- If you get in a “pickle” ask for help.
- Be respectful of other’s space because there isn’t “mushroom” around here.
- Don’t stress and speak your “peas” whenever you can.
So if you are looking for me?
I’ll be right here “planted” in this chair drinking coffee and laughing.
“Lettuce” all get back to work. 🙂
PS My son just informed me that LOL is so 2017.
Now the cool people type “ha ha ha.”
I thought you should know.
Just in case you wanted to take a “leaf out of my book.”
PPS If you want to see the video the twins and I made—you can see it on my YouTube channel here.