Working from home is the new normal for many workers in all industries. Finding the balance isn't always easy when your home life and work life suddenly become one. At Bay Cities we want to highlight the stories of our great workers as they #WFH. In today's #WFH story Matt, who works in Quality, walks us through his work from home experience. Keep reading to find out his biggest take away from #WFH.
What is your #WFH routine?
(Try) waking up at 6AM, kiss the wife, pray, devote & study, get the kids dressed & ready for the day, pour a tall glass of OJ in the kitchen then walk three feet away from the fridge to raise my standing desk and get to work. I’ll assist my wife with homeschooling our five year old son when needed, workout on my lunch break, usually a Teams meeting or two after my lunch hour, then grind out the rest of the work day until it is quality time with the family before dinner.
What is your favorite part about #WFH?
My wife and I share the kitchen table as our at-home office setup. I laid out my standing desk and monitors in such a way that there’s a gap allowing me to stare at her all day, sometimes awkwardly, but always lovingly. Oh, and the occasional office dance party once our son has completed his classwork for the day.
What is the most challenging part about #WFH?
Initially, finding the right work-life/home-life balance. Now it’s finding the most efficient ways of completing tasks that have now become a bit more inefficient working away from the office.
What are you reading?
I have my daily scriptures along with biblical devotionals on marriage, parenting, and personal growth.
What are you watching?
Well now that the kitchen table has become “work central”, family meals now take place in the living room, in front of the TV. It’s only ever turned on between dinner and bedtime, with the kids it’s either an educational TV show or a family movie we didn’t just watch the day before. With my wife most of our shows are now either on hiatus or have concluded (sigh) though it’s usually How To Get Away With Murder, Seal Team, Bull, Hawaii Five-O, and different sermon series’ on YouTube by Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church.
How are you staying fit?
Lunch break workouts are my current midday routine obsession. I take bike rides on Wednesdays and Fridays, while family walks and outdoor play time have now become a daily routine.
What is your socializing strategy?
Our house has always been the gathering place for game nights with friends, so this season’s been a rough one in that regard. Google Duo, Skype, Zoom, Marco Polo, and simple drive-by hellos have all helped us stay connected with the ones we miss & love.
How do you buy necessities?
We used to order groceries online every weekend, but that’s become an impossible task now that we are no longer the minority in that venture. So, Daddy has become the one to brave the elements at our local supermarket.
What is your biggest take away from #WFH?
Develop a strong habit of communication, with your children, with your workmates, your significant other, everyone really. Never take quality time with the ones you love for granted. Unless you woke up dead this morning it’s never too late to tell or show someone how much you truly appreciate them.