Happily work from home

Our apartment is on a riverfront. Taking a coffee break while reading on a balcony chair is medicine for me.

The new normal has changed so many things. A year ago today I was commuting to London. I printed out handouts in my university office, taught in front of 15 students in a classroom, and had coffee with my colleagues, which I miss so much.

The past three weeks have been intense, developing a questionnaire for a research project and carrying out data analysis for another project, on top of syllabus preparation for the new semester, at home.

A calendar app and sticky notes on the desktop screen are helpful to solidify what my day looks like. I keep a handwritten journal and fill notebooks with individual tasks, thoughts, ideas, food, and shopping lists… note-taking can take up some time but does help productivity.



Embracing the beautiful mess

My partner will take up a new role in October, so we have both been in a transition period and continue to work from home. Our lives have been very busy with work and a bit chaotic. All these things are not what we expected at the start of this year, and things materialised quite differently. But, we are pleased about where we are.