This story was contributed by our new wellness columnist, Michelle Calarco.
The pandemic has altered nearly all aspects of our lives, and the way we work is at the top of the list. Remote work has become the norm for a lot of us and for some this may even be a permanent shift. Working from home has its upsides: not having to commute, flexibility, less interruptions. But it’s not without its challenges as many of us can attest to firsthand.
If you’re feeling like you need a reboot, some little changes can go a long way, according to designer, author and potter Jonathan Adler. Below Jonathan shares some tips on how to create a space you’ll love working in and upgrade your WFH life.
JA Tip #1: Stop improvising. Stop perching your laptop precariously on the arm of your sofa and invest in a WFH set up that elevates you from Toni in the typing pool to Cece the CEO. No office? No problem – think of any sad, unused space you have as your new office and get decorating. Why do you have a dining room anyway? The truth is you probably only use it for Thanksgiving.
JA Tip #2: Create a Zoom Room (or Zoom corner, but that isn’t quite as fun to say): Your Zoom space says something about you, so you should make sure it’s saying the right thing. It should reflect your vibe and the work you’re passionate about. It’s a great way to crystalize what you’re trying to communicate about who you are. Avoid the temptation to create a faux library of books you’ve never read, and instead display a trinket from your travels or art from your kid. Personality prevails!
JA Tip #3: Don’t forget to dress: Dress as if you’re going to a power meeting and you’ll be more focused.
JA Tip #4: But my #1 WFH tip is to fight against resting b*tch face. Always look “interested and amused” – especially if you’re not.
About Michelle Calarco: Michelle is a communications expert and a wellness enthusiast. After honing her storytelling craft in media and television, Michelle went on to elevate the profiles of premier brands across the hospitality, healthy living, and better-for-you food spaces. She has always been passionate about living and eating well and became even more immersed in health when she became a mom. On weekends you can find her squeezing in a barre class (during Paw Patrol) and baking healthyish desserts with her little one. Michelle has a consulting business and resides in Greenwich with her husband and 2-year-old son.
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