There are lots of things NOT to do when sequestered and working at home during a pandemic.
Second, dress for success. There is no escape from destiny.
A friend of mine was recently told that he must work from home due to the pandemic. He is a bench scientist, and so, was at a loss on how to do this.
The conventional advice for working from home includes: Wear pants. Real pants. Every day.
After having worked from home to successfully write three supernatural suspense novels (that are garnering wonderful reviews, by the way), I advised him otherwise: “You’ll get the hang of working from home pretty quickly: show up in your pajamas and put a post-it on your PC to block the camera; check your emails, do your meetings, work on whatever in silico lab stuff you can get done. Some time around noon, get lunch, take a shower, and get dressed. I don’t even wear pants anymore. Sweats are the way to go.”
If you are working from home, NEVER wear pants. This way lies madness.
Third, clear communication is paramount when face-to-face cues to meaning are no longer an option. So let it be written; so let it be done.
Write emails and attend teleconferences knowing that your intentions will be misunderstood. It is always possible that you will be understood, but your suggestions, if enacted, would be disastrous. Fall back on claiming you were misunderstood. Also, cloak you language with unusual phrasing so that, like a magician, you misdirect.
When you are working from home, and you are forced to communicate with the outside world, NEVER miss the opportunity to use pompous language.
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