New Normal Series: How UMassOnline Staff Manage Working from Home During COVID-19

Establishing a New Normal
So far, I've really enjoyed working from home full-time. I share a home office with my dad (both of my parents live with us) so it’s been really great to have a quiet place to focus. For me, having a designated “office space” has been key. 

Working from home means I don't have to spend 3 hours a day commuting (Boston traffic is the worst!). And I have to admit, it’s been nice working in my pajamas, except when there’s a zoom meetingwink. Of course, there are also some challenges to working remotely with everyone being home.

Juggling Kids and Work is Challenging
Without a doubt, working from home with kids has been our biggest challenge. Thankfully, my husband is home, and homeschooling has finally started so the days are more structured. Through this whole process, I have learned my husband is a natural homeschool teacher, so I’m very lucky I have him!  

Staying Focused While Working from Home
I’m a planner. I plan out my day either the night before or in the morning, and I create a checklist. Those two basic organizational tools set up the tone for the day and help keep me focused. 

Favorite Thing About Remote Work?
It’s much more relaxed. Not having to get ready for the office is nice. Swapping high heels for slippers is much more comfortablewink.  

What is Family Time Like These Days?
We’re lucky to live in a great neighborhood. We go on hikes and walks a lot – making sure to keep our distance and follow social distancing recommendations. We're also spending more quality time together.

First Thing You’ll Do After Social Distancing? 
I can’t wait to see my colleagues again and have our usual coffee and croissants to start the day at the UMass Club in Boston. And, I hope to be able to get out more during lunch to explore the city while catching up with colleagues and friends.  

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