Work From Home Begins!
Today marks the beginning of something very new and unfamiliar to me – working from home. We have closed our office to foot traffic, but rest assured that Julie and I will continue to be available to assist you as best we can – from a socially acceptable distance.
Of course, there are some things that I will occasionally have to return to the office to handle, but for the most part I will be working from home. We’ve been preparing for this day for the past couple of weeks and it is now time to put that plan into place.
During the last week or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to structure my days while working remotely and pondering just what that would look like for me and for our clients. This will continue to be a time of adaptation and adjustment for all of us, but we will get through it. As I think about ways to help make this change as easy as possible, I think the key is found in a word from the first sentence of this paragraph: structure.
For those that know me well, it probably does not come as much of a surprise to learn that I am very much a creature of habit. I suspect many of you are as well. I find comfort in maintaining a routine and this morning as I started my day, it seemed just like any other workday. I woke to my alarm. Rose from bed to eat breakfast and shower as I normally do each workday. I got dressed as if I was going into the office, albeit in jeans as opposed to slacks or khakis, even though my chances of interacting face to face with a client today are practically nil. So far, this seemed just like any other day ending in “Y”.
At least it was up until that point where I would get in the car to drive to the office. Instead, I grabbed my laptop and a few working files and said to my wife, “off to work!” as I walked to the temporary office set up in our bedroom. It was a bit funny and awkward for both of us, I think.
I settled in to begin the day, enabling the remote phone app on my cell phone, firing up the e-mail. And then the Facebook Messenger message came in. Rachel had sent me a photo, but it only came up as “attachment unavailable.” It’s not unusual for us to send notes and messages to each other periodically during the day. I wrote to her and told her I couldn’t see the picture she had sent. So she came in and showed me, commenting on how treacherous the commute was to my office.
I want to be clear – this is not a problem! I enjoy having the family close by. Rachel and the kids occasionally stop by my real office, too. It’s not been a problem then and it certainly won’t be now. In fact, in the time that I have been writing my daughter visited and delivered a chai tea latte she had made and said, “have a nice day at work, daddy!” with a wry smile on her face.
Truth be told, for those of us fortunate enough that we are able to work from home and have our families alongside us, this is an opportunity. We have an opportunity to grow closer as a family and still do the work that we have before us. For that, I am truly grateful. And if you are in that situation, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity we have.
Julie and I will continue to work from our respective homes until such point our federal, state, and local authorities determine it is safe to return to our normal operations. I pray that for those of you that can also do that, that will join us in staying home and staying safe. If we all do our part, we can “flatten the curve” and more quickly resume our normal activities.
Take care everyone. We will all get through this! And if you need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or e-mail!
Also, as we develop our site, I will be engaging more frequently in updating this blog. In the immediate future, I’ll be sharing helpful information about staying healthy amid the current pandemic and news about health insurance as it pertains to the virus. Looking further into the future, I’ll share general industry news and other helpful information for our clients. I hope that as we grow and develop the site, that it can be a helpful tool for you. If you have an idea about something you would like to see information about in future posts, drop me a line!