What I Will Miss Most When Quarantine Ends

Last week, I wrote about the things I miss about normal life. Like quiet mornings, hugs and kisses, the crowd of people and those times before the pandemic.

Things won’t quickly snap back to how it was before. A new normal will be the norm. COVID-19 changed how we live, work, and play.

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It has been roughly a month and a half since we are forced to stay-at-home. There aren’t any good things about being indoor all day. But yes, I will miss these things when quarantine ends.

More Idle Time

After my post about WFH Tips from a First Timer, I was crazy having much free time. My Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are no longer “working days.” Maybe they have realized that we are buckling down even on weekends and holidays. More idle time means more time for other activities.

It’s Okay to Have Unproductive Days

Forget about productivity. It’s okay to slow down and take a pause, and it’s okay not to be productive. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and we are all coping the best that we can. But when I feel like it, I am either drafting a new blog post (just like today) or journaling in my Hobonichi or just playing My Hospital. Every day, I still make sure that I am doing something to keep me on track.

Lots of Cooking

I have managed to cook and try another “imbento” recipe. One of my favorites is my Sinigang na Atay. It is kind of unusual, but if you are a Sinigang lover, you’ll undoubtedly love its sour and savory taste.

Working from Home

I have learned so much about working from home, how to be productive, and how to stay in track of the timetable. Not all employees are fortunate enough to work from home. I am more thankful than ever to be able to work from home.

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Not having to set an alarm

I haven’t set the alarm since Day 1 of the quarantine. I don’t know how I managed to wake up between 7 – 8 am without the alarm knowing I am a heavy sleeper. Maybe because I was in bed early and I had no trouble sleeping.

Not rushing to work

I take my time in the morning preparing. By 9 am, I am in front of my laptop, either answering messages or working on a project.

Wearing comfy clothes

I regretted not buying more tank tops and shorts. This has been my everyday outfit, comfortable, and airy. I don’t feel the need to add stress in wearing nicer clothes. I am trying to get through as comfortable as possible.

Not leaving the bed

I work in bed, eat-in bed, and sleep in the bed. As if I have a choice.

I will miss this the most.

What I Miss About Normal Life

“Only when normal things are not normal anymore, do we realize how special normal things are.” – Anonymous

The most important thing we can do right now is to stay at home. We have a few more weeks to go. Coronavirus lets us miss our daily activities. I don’t mind staying at home. I had spent much of my time indoors, even before. I’m a little happier to be home, though. Advised to stay home, what more can I ask for?

I thought a lot about what I miss in everyday life. There aren’t many things that I miss from everyday life, to be honest. Below are just some of the stuff I miss most.

I miss buying food or running late in the evening to 7-Eleven to grab a snack or a soda. I usually sit up late at night to get my hobbies done. And because I still don’t have a fridge to carry on drinks, I go out in the middle of the night to buy.

I miss setting the alarm and waking up to the alarm.

I miss the office, walking to and from the office daily, rushing to the office and coming home late after a long day at work. I don’t miss the coffee breaks, but I do miss being around my colleagues.

I miss wearing my uniforms and my office shoes, aka sneakers. I miss deciding what to wear on Saturdays (not really). I’m looking forward to going back to my job.

I miss going out and enjoying myself. I miss leaving the house. Though, I still leave the house when I have errands to do outside.

I miss shopping in the mall and going to a grocery store without a queue.
I miss having privacy, having a degree of confidence about the future, and feeling secure. I miss the freedom to do what we want to do and where we want.

I miss having a regular life, vacations, and weekends.

I miss the hugs and kisses. I can’t wait to go home and hug my family. I miss my Dad’s 70th birthday (April 13). I was meant to be home to celebrate my Dad’s birthday.

I miss the quiet mornings. My neighbors appear to be busy in the morning. Some are aggressively playing loud music, slamming their doors, and going on several conversations at once.

I miss the crowd of people and interacting with strangers.

I miss it all.

I miss savoring the normal life again, the pleasure of making a good day.
I miss having a chance to appreciate all the things that we’ve taken for granted.

I miss those times before the pandemic. Things will never revert to the way it used to be before. We live in a different world now. We shouldn’t want life to be like what it is used to be. Pandemic had pushed us to care more about people. We need each other. I don’t want that feeling ever to go away again.

Work from Home Tips from a First Timer

This is supposed to be the last day of the quarantine period. I think I have spent quite a bit of time working from home. It is not that different from working at the office. When it comes to working from home, it is all about balance and enjoying the benefits of home.

Below are tips that helped me in the process. Hopefully, these tips will help you maximize your time working out of the office and get into the groove.

Follow the normal work routine

This is the hardest part to adapt. With the technology that allows bosses to communicate and reach you regularly, you may end up working 24/7 (weekends and holidays included). A 9 pm work email/message can wait until the following morning for a response. Know when to log in and log-off. If you get into work at 8:30 am, then don’t log in until 8:30 am. Establishing a limit on the hours of work per day is critical to prevent burnout.

Establish boundaries

Do not interrupt one’s family time or social time to complete pending works. Take days off seriously. Working on weekends/holidays is sometimes necessary, but taking time off can do more for your health, especially this quarantine.

Make sure to take time for lunch, snacks and even breaks

Use a break to go outside for a walk or a Lil’ chit-chat with your family. Breaks can recharge you to do better at work. If you don’t have the work-life balance, you won’t last too long working at home. Allow yourself to take a much-deserved break; it is an excellent way to disconnect from work.

Listen to music

I’m not too fond of silence. For some reason, music motivates me for different tasks. When I need concentration, I go for instrumental music. When I am bored, I go for pop or rock or anything upbeat.

Find your ideal working spot

Just because you are not in the office does not mean you cannot have an office. It can be an empty or spare room. Since most of us do not have the luxury of having a new place to turn into an office, regardless of the space, establish an area that works best. Make sure also to have enough natural light.

Do not work from your bed

It is essential to have a distinction between your relaxing space and working space. This is another productivity killer. While it can be tempting to stay in bed, you will find yourself sitting in a position that could end up back pain.

Pretend like you are going to the office

Get up, get out of your pajamas, take a bath, wear nice clothes, and make a coffee cup. With the right mindset, you will be able to get your work done.

Plan on what you will be working

Projects do take time. Commit to doing more than what you set out to do. Before ending the day, try to write your next day’s schedule. Having a carefully planned day can help you accomplish more of your tasks.

Dive in to-do list as soon as you started working

It can be challenging to keep track of what you have to do throughout the entire day. Stick to your task list. Cross it out after each completed task.

Stay connected

Our team use Messenger as our mode of communication. Learn to communicate as much as possible. Do not be afraid to ask questions if needed for additional clarifications. Make sure to check in regularly, just like you would in the office.

Technology enables remote work

For work-from-home setup, you must have a work laptop (since I do not have one, I am using my personal), a decent Wi-Fi connection, and the right applications. Find out what resources your company will provide and pay for. (Hopefully, my company will reimburse me for these expenses.)

You may find it a little challenging to get settled at first. But yes, you will adapt in no time.