Working from home is not a walk in the park…

I am self-quarantined at home because of COVID-19. I’m doing my part to stop the spread. I’m Blessed enough to be working from home. It is a privilege, not a right — and it is saving my life. I am an immunocompromised individual, so working from home is a life saver – I know I sound repetitive, but I cannot stress that ENOUGH. In fact, I’m going to put that on repeat.

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Listen Linda, working from home as working parent is not a cake walk. I don’t know why all these over zealous human resource pundits are low-key working on Draconian policies to micromanage people working from home or marginalizing a lot of working parent’s contributions to their company and trying to force them back in the office. We don’t have nannies, we don’t have help unless we have a spouse. Most of us are single, working parents trying to navigate digital learning or home schooling with our kids, working 40 – 50 hours for our employers, making meals, keeping the house reasonably clean and tending to our plants and pets (if we have them).

Let me give you a list in no particular order of what I could possibly be doing during the day. My day extends from 8hrs to 16hrs, easy.

  • Clean morning poop catastrophe made by the sweet puppy
  • Let out big dog and girl dogs so they can wiz and poop in the yard
  • Make breakfast smoothie for kid’s and my breakfast
  • Restart the laundry because it got stuck from last night
  • Check the mail to make sure I keep up with all the bills
  • Walk the big dog because he is kinda annoyed with the puppy
  • Email my boss and try to stay engaged
  • Email my co-worker and try to engage on special projects
  • Get locked out of my work laptop with BitLocker security
  • Call IT for two hours and wait to get laptop sorted out
  • VPN into the server and work on daily tasks which takes about 30 mins longer when you are working on the server remotely
  • Fill out forms for commuting
  • Email my insurance company
  • Try and plan out my content for my blog
  • Message my 70+ Auntie who lives alone and needs some video or audio contact so she doesn’t go crazy
  • Stare at the iPhone I was forced to buy to get with the times
  • Find old USB wires to save my hard drive in my “forever keep these wires box”
  • Feed my family and myself
  • Have a mild Sarcoidosis flare brought on by the stress of COVID-19
  • Telehealth appointment to get meds for my Sarcoidosis flare
  • In the beginning of the Sarcoidosis flare, thinking I had COVID-19 and freaked out my close friends
  • Talk to my ex-husband about social distancing and possibly banning him if he gets sick
  • Collect fecal sample to take puppy back to the vet
  • Create a podcast episode
  • Write a blog post
  • Stressing out internally about COVID-19
  • Lose all confidence in the American government and the current administration on their handling of the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Lose all faith in Humanity because a lot of dumbass people won’t shelter in place
  • Go pick up meds using the pharmacy drive-thru
  • Become paranoid to put up groceries because they might have COVID-19 on the packaging
  • Quarantine Amazon packages to the garage
  • Check mail again
  • Remember to take census
  • Forget to take census questionnaire online
  • Text ex-lover about some random shhhhhh
  • Remember that most of my exes don’t value me and swear off them in the new world after Coronavirus ravages America and turn us into the Hunger Games
  • Log into the server around 8pm to make sure my work was uploaded properly and logged
  • Worry about work, so log into Office 365 and make my to-do-list for the next 2 business days
  • Worry about staying gainfully employed
  • Re-reading emails in Outlook online to make sure I didn’t miss anything
  • Save files to my OneDrive
  • Swear to go to Masters degree in my next lifetime and regret that I didn’t take the GMAT and go to grad school after my Mom died when I graduated undergrad
  • Go back into my work laptop at about 9:30pm to make sure I completed my entire to-do list and I’m ahead on my to-do list for the next business day, if not, do some work until I feel sleepy
  • Have trouble sleeping because I’m stressed out about work and staying gainfully employed to support my child
  • Worry about the laundry and trying to come up with a logistics plan to wash every piece of clothing and linen in this damn house

For those of you that think this is easy, it is not. A lot of parents who spend sleepless nights worrying about keeping all the balls in the air are now exhausted worrying about how to keep their family safe, in good health and alive.