Sunlight streams in through the windows, a fresh cup of coffee sits readily available nearby, and the sounds of kids playing and birds chirping can be heard right outside my window. There’s just something about working from home that has always been inspirational to me! I’ve worked part-time from home for years, and I have discovered a few tricks along the way. Now that most of us are working from home due to Dallas County’s shelter-in-place order, I’ll share a few tips for getting through the transition to a home office.
For starters, having a routine is essential. Seriously. Wake up at your normal time, dress somewhat decently (no need for business casual, but you should at least change out of your pajamas) and eat breakfast. When it’s time to clock in, you’ll be ready for the day.
Next, set up a serene workplace station. If you don’t have a room that you can dedicate for your office, you should still set up a desk in a quiet corner to give you a space to call your own. If you need a desk, choose one that makes you happy – after all, we don’t know how long this situation will be our new normal. If you are looking for something more artistic, I like this Interlude Home Taylor Linen Wrapped Writing Desk from Neiman Marcus. This is a statement piece, which includes light gray faux linen and an iron bass with an antique brass finish that is sure to inspire you creatively. If your job requires something more tech-friendly, then go with the Humanscale Black Dual Monitor Quickstand Eco Standing Desk Convertor from Crate & Barrel. Simply place this on any desk or table surface, and it provides a holder for two monitors, a mouse and a keyboard and can be adjusted for sitting or standing.
Don’t forget a comfortable chair! Your old office chair or dining room chair will work in a pinch, but to help you stay focused during long hours at home, you need something more durable (and preferably more stylish!). This Gracie Office Chair from Neiman Marcus is fit for royalty, with a mid-century modern design in a dark espresso upholstery. The curved, channel-tufted back and sleek arm rests complete the look, and the swivel hardwood base ensures that it is just as functional as it is fashionable.
Fill your space with things that make you happy. This could be as simple as family photos, artwork, small plants or your favorite books. Some of the things surrounding my at-home desk include a calendar, inspirational quotes, pictures of my kids, notes from friends and candles.
Some examples of pretty and functional things that you can order online at Neiman Marcus include this Pigeon and Poodle Riga Letter Tray Set, featuring a pencil cup, letter tray holder, paper tray and miscellaneous tray, all covered in a striped dyed hair hide. Of course, a new pen is a small thing you can get to cheer you up, especially if its this Kate Spade pink pen with matching pouch. Finish your set-up by getting a new wall clock, such as this Cloudnola Colorblock Wall Clock featuring gorgeous rose gold accents.
After a long morning at work, be sure to take a break for lunch. Many Addison restaurants are offering food to go or for delivery right now. One of these local places is Ferrari’s Italian Villa and Chop House! You can get lunch to go from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., which features a limited menu. Start with an appetizer of Ceasar salad, Insalata del Bosco, fried calamari or Straciatella Soup. Follow this with an entrée of Pollo Francesco (grilled chicken breast), Pollo Valdostana (sautéed chicken with ham and mozzarella), Paiarda Alla Francesco (pounded USDA prime filet), Cannelloni Fiorentina (Italian crepe stuffed with roasted veal, tomato and cream) and Lasagna al Forno (messy like mamma does it!). Of course, you could also order pizza and cheesecake for dessert. Dinner options are also available, including family packs to feed four. Wine is also 25% off with a food purchase.
While you are working hard from your home office (or if you are still reporting to duty for your essential job) make sure your dog is well taken care of by bringing him to Citydog! Club. Like daycares for humans, Citydog! Club is considered an essential business because they provide an important service for members to work. During this time, they are offering complimentary daycare days – with the purchase of a 20-day package, you will receive four complimentary days, and with the purchase of a 10-day package, you will receive two complimentary days (for a limited time only). So even if you don’t need doggy daycare right now, you can always reserve your pet a spot in advance to support a fantastic local business and ensure your spot when you do eventually go back to work.
When you clock off for the day, unwind by going for a walk around your neighborhood or local park, making sure to keep at least six feet away from everybody else. Then come home and go about your normal routine of preparing dinner, starting a load of laundry or kicking back with a glass of wine and your favorite TV show. The world is a challenging place right now, but we can get through this together by staying apart! Good luck and stay safe, Addison!