By Gaby Doman
Welcome to life in the time of coronavirus (COVID-19): weekends lining up at the supermarket and pharmacy for basic items, and getting our core workouts by standing on the train without touching anything.
Working from home
To lessen the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the FunkyCorp team has adopted a Working From Home (WFH) structure, to avoid crowded commutes and potential exposure to people with the virus. The office remains open, but only a handful of people are working there; typically because they have meetings or they live within walking distance.
To help make the process work, we have a few ground rules to help keep both structure and sanity in place. We have set hours, we work from home (not a crowded cafe), and we check in regularly with what we’re doing over Slack, Line and Google Hangouts, with the odd GIF to keep our spirits up. Staying safe is one thing, but staying sane is quite another.
Things we love:
Avoiding the commute, sleeping a little later, snacking from our kitchens all day, wearing our slouchiest sweatpants, and answering emails from our balconies (weather and apartments permitting).
Things we miss:
Getting our lunchtime pump at the Gold’s Gym across the road from the office, face-to-face interactions, the espresso machine (so much), the fully-stocked bar, and a generous supply of toilet paper.
Tips for working from home in Tokyo
There’s no doubt working from home has its perks, but it can also be isolating. Here’s how the FunkyCorp team are combating the blues and getting in a productive working day:
- Have a routine. Go to bed and get up on time, have a shower, grab a coffee, and be at your desk at the same time each day. It puts you in the right headspace for the day ahead.
- Tokyo apartments are small, but if you have room, make a designated working space. It’s hard to get into the zone if you’re on your sofa, and it’s hard to “switch off” at the end of the day.
- Make the most of your lunch break. Avoid cabin fever by getting out of the apartment (assuming you’re not sick!). The content team have been trying to squeeze in a bit of movement too – an early morning gym session, an at-home workout (a FunkyCorp favorite is the B-monster streaming video), or a lunchtime run. Get outside whenever you can (but remember to avoid touching your face and to wash your hands afterwards).
- Meet with other people. Even if you live with friends or family and you’re in regular contact with your colleagues via Slack, you can still feel isolated working from home. Make plans to meet friends a couple of times a week, even if it’s only online.
Are you working from home? Let us know your tips and tricks for staying sane and productive!