The rain patters softly against the windows of my one bedroom apartment. A storm is always an abnormal sight in Los Angeles, but then again nothing about this year has been normal. Rapidly approaching a full year of working from my living room, I’ve made a couple of discoveries as a result of the experience.
Create your home court: When you work, hangout, and vacation all in the same place, it becomes quickly apparent how much your environment affects your mood. I’ve spent the year surrounding myself with new plants and finding a rug that perfectly ties the room together. Who needs a zoom green screen when you’re already living your favorite background?
A “from home” world can bring people together: I’ve become closer with the people I live furthest from and reconnected with old friends. When none of us can see each other in person, it’s just as hard to make plans with people in LA as it is on the other side of the world. Take the chance to reach out to the people you’ve been meaning to, but never found the time.
The little moments: Everyone is missing different parts of normal life in the world. I’ve had many people tell me they can’t wait for this to be over so they can travel, go to the beach, have a big party, the list goes on. For me, I’ve been missing the little moments in life, like browsing for the best deal at the grocery store or listening to a podcast on my morning commute. Maybe I’ll look back on this period and miss when I had time to keep an eye on a low boiling tomato sauce or throw a batch of laundry in between calls.
While I’m eagerly awaiting the time when I can safely escape my living room, I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to pause and gain perspective. Eventually, the world will resume its normal activity, but in the meantime appreciating your space, the unique little moments, and most importantly the people in your life, can help make life from home, less work.