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For those who used to work in offices and now work at home due to the pandemic: How has your work schedule changed?

Do you have different rituals? (e.g. used to be in the office by 9am, now shifted to night bird; or switched to a 4-day work week; or take a mid-day break for home schooling)

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  1. [2]
    Flashynuff
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    I now wake up an hour later since I don't have to drive to work and I get to start my evening an hour earlier. I haven't really changed when I go to sleep, so overall I'm getting a lot more sleep...

    I now wake up an hour later since I don't have to drive to work and I get to start my evening an hour earlier. I haven't really changed when I go to sleep, so overall I'm getting a lot more sleep too! Getting back 2 hours a day really adds up.

    14 votes
    1. HrBingR
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      This is about where I’m at. And what’s got me excited is that my company has made our entire division a permanent work from home situation, even once all of this blows over. These days I wake up,...

      This is about where I’m at. And what’s got me excited is that my company has made our entire division a permanent work from home situation, even once all of this blows over.

      These days I wake up, have a cup of coffee, turn on my laptop, work until 4 PM and can immediately start doing what I want to do, instead of being stuck in traffic.

      I’ve always wanted to work from home, so this is rather akin to living the dream for me.

      2 votes
  2. moonbathers
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    I wake up about half an hour later and I save a decent amount of money on parking and the time and effort it takes to walk to the bus. My work hasn't really been impacted, thankfully, although I...

    I wake up about half an hour later and I save a decent amount of money on parking and the time and effort it takes to walk to the bus. My work hasn't really been impacted, thankfully, although I do miss seeing my friends every day.

    7 votes
  3. Micycle_the_Bichael
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    The transition has been killer for me. I get significantly less done and feel worse about it because everywhere I look online are articles about how much more time people have now that they're...

    The transition has been killer for me. I get significantly less done and feel worse about it because everywhere I look online are articles about how much more time people have now that they're working from home.

    My old schedule: Wake up at 6:30am feeling a bit groggy but mostly fine, get ready and be out the door by 7. Take public transit to the office, catch up on the news, read a bit of a book, brush up on my Spanish. Get to the office around 7:45, eat breakfast, work for a while, 11am go to the gym in my office and work out for an hour or so. Meet my team for lunch, go back up to my desk, work until 4:25 (even though I have a 4:20 alarm on my phone), sprint downstairs to catch the shuttle to the train station, commute home talking to some coworkers, reading, brushing up on spanish. Get home, cook dinner, do something with my partner, go to bed somewhere between 9-10.

    Now: Wake up at 8am feeling like shit, slowly get ready. Get logged on by 9am. Work while very distracted until 5pm (hopefully I don't forget to eat lunch), sign off somewhere between 5-6, order takeout because I'm exhausted and forgot to go grocery shopping for the 10th day in a row, sit depressed on my couch re-watching the same youtube videos I've seen a million times with my partner because we're too exhausted to focus on anything, yet somehow accidentally stay up until 11pm.

    Honestly, I can't wait for all this to be over and to be able to go back to the office. Fuck this work from home shit. I know it works for some people and if it works for you then more power to you. But every part of it sucks for me. Also note: this isn't strictly pandemic-related. I was able to work remotely before everything in the US went to shit and it was basically the same. I really rely on that mental switch of "this is where I work, that is where I relax" to be effective in my job.

    5 votes
  4. aphoenix
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    I used to work almost exclusively from home, and I thought this would be easy. I was quite wrong; the main difference is my kids. I have 3 kids ranging from grade one through nine, and they...

    I used to work almost exclusively from home, and I thought this would be easy. I was quite wrong; the main difference is my kids. I have 3 kids ranging from grade one through nine, and they require a lot of attention through the day. With both my wife and myself working from home, it has been a bit easier to ensure that we have some time carved out of the day to spend with them and make sure that they aren't just gluing their faces to a screen for the whole time that they're home.

    I used to roll out of bed at 7:45, shower, put the kids in the van and drive them to school for dropoff, and then pick up my coworker and head to get coffee and then to work, arriving around 9:15 or so. I would head out for lunch pretty consistently at 11:45 to the diner around the corner from the office, and get the same thing most days (breakfast special) and get a coffee on the return. Work through until foosball break at 3:15, then out the door at about 5:15. Home for 6pm and whomever between me and my wife who got home first would make dinner.

    Now I roll out of bed at 8:15 and grab a coffee and head to my office for 8:30. My wife usually situates the kids in the morning. I work until my first break (10:15) where I wake up my teenager. Then I work through to 11:45 where I make lunch. At noon I'm back and work while eating through until next break (2:30 or so) and then I check in with the kids to see what's going on, and try to set them up with an activity. Edit: this is when I usually shower, which is different. I usually go back to work around 4 until and work through until 5:30 or so, and then make dinner. At any point (and usually multiple times daily) my 2 not-teenage kids will come into the office and ask for help in all variety of things. "Can I [have something]", "Can you [do something]", "Can we [go somewhere]", "They [did something to me and you need to punish them]" or something along those lines. In the evening we are likely to go for a walk or go play some disc golf. I work again after the kids go to bed. I usually have another coffee in the evening.

    I have been spending less personal time at my computer in the evening. We play more board games together, and I do less video game activities. I have not really done many of my other hobbies; I don't play much music, I don't juggle or speedcube, I haven't read a full book all summer, I'm not playing organized sports. I'm doing more house work - keeping the yard well kept is important because the kids are out there all the time.

    I am getting less sleep, and am more stressed. I don't want to send my kids to in-person school, but we have signed them up for it. I don't know if that's the right call. I don't know how we're going to stay sane in the winter.

    5 votes
  5. AugustusFerdinand
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    I worked from home before COVID hit, but still applies. I wake up two hours later than I would driving or riding the train to get to the office. Being that I no longer have a commute home, I just...

    I worked from home before COVID hit, but still applies.

    1. I wake up two hours later than I would driving or riding the train to get to the office.
    2. Being that I no longer have a commute home, I just stop at the end of the work day. I don't work late or anything of the sort unless we're doing something after hours to not impact clients and in those cases I take the amount of time I'll be working late and either remove it from the end of the week (checking out early on Friday) or I just take those hours off in the middle of the day.
    3. I don't listen to many podcasts any longer. I'd typically be listening to them on the commute to/from the office, but now I just don't unless I'm on a long drive alone. I find it difficult to listen to them while working and I'm concentrating on reps while I'm working out at home so can't listen then either. Might try playing them while I make breakfast each morning.
    4. Meetings. Oh dear satan the meetings! Prior to COVID as I was working from home I'd average one 30 minute meeting per day. Now that everyone is working from home, I'm averaging four 15-30 minute meetings per day.
    5. My wife and I are childfree and in a three bedroom house, so I'd have my own office even if I didn't WFH and my setup has my computer on the long section of my L-shaped desk and the work setup on the short section. My work ebbs and flows so during downtime I simply turn my chair back to my main computer and watch movies, read news, CAD, work on other projects, or play games. If I'm going to be in the garage working on my cars I'll undock the laptop and take it with me to hear any messages or emails come through.
    6. No pants.
    7. I do miss going to the office occasionally for small talk with coworkers I like or going out to lunch/dinner. I don't miss the forced interaction with extrovert coworkers that can't see another human without saying something. I occasionally miss the people watching on the train.
    8. I had started to look for a second WFH job just to have extra money coming in just before COVID hit so that put a pretty big damper on it and am about to jump back into the fray to do so.
    3 votes
  6. Thra11
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    I still stick to the same slightly-but-not-completely flexible work hours. It helps to keep work at work and stop it leaking into my spare time. However, I now tend to make myself a proper meal in...

    I still stick to the same slightly-but-not-completely flexible work hours. It helps to keep work at work and stop it leaking into my spare time. However, I now tend to make myself a proper meal in my lunch break, whereas I was rarely organised enough to prepare meals the night before, and of course I didn't have the necessary ingredients or kitchen equipment at work to do anything more than reheat some leftovers in the microwave or add boiling water to couscous. Sometimes, if I wake up a bit late, I'll have a shower in my lunch break. Exciting stuff, I know.

    2 votes
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    KelMonstah
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    I get up a little bit later and get to start my "Me Time" a bit earlier - to maintain some semblance of "Work is over now" though, I take the time I normally would have spent commuting (about 10...

    I get up a little bit later and get to start my "Me Time" a bit earlier - to maintain some semblance of "Work is over now" though, I take the time I normally would have spent commuting (about 10 minutes) and go for a walk at the start and end of my day.

    The bookending of my work day really seems to help me mentally.

    2 votes
    1. asteroid
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      Oh I like that notion: Creating bookends for the day.

      Oh I like that notion: Creating bookends for the day.

      1 vote
  8. moocow1452
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    Call center, so instead of taking calls for 10 hours a day and venting about them in between with my coworkers, it's my brother and my mom. No complaints about drive time or car milage, and all of...

    Call center, so instead of taking calls for 10 hours a day and venting about them in between with my coworkers, it's my brother and my mom. No complaints about drive time or car milage, and all of 15 minutes to get prepped is nice, but I'm still just as spent as I am whether or not I'm working at home.

    2 votes
  9. bratta
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    I still get up at the same time I used to, but now I start working a lot earlier without an hour-long commute. So I start at 7 and really have to pay attention to the time so I don't end up...

    I still get up at the same time I used to, but now I start working a lot earlier without an hour-long commute. So I start at 7 and really have to pay attention to the time so I don't end up working more than I really should. Work/life balance can be a difficult thing to master and it's easy to just keep working.

    2 votes
  10. Tlon_Uqbar
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    I've worked from home before, so it was a pretty easy transition for me. One thing that I have strangely mixed feelings about is the subway. Used to be on the NY subway commute grind, and I can't...

    I've worked from home before, so it was a pretty easy transition for me.

    One thing that I have strangely mixed feelings about is the subway. Used to be on the NY subway commute grind, and I can't say I miss dealing with that: crowded, noisy, smelly, unreliable. But there was a certain feeling of taking the rush hour trains and jumping out into the hustle and bustle of rush hour Midtown. It's super corny, but you really do feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself, like you're a small part in a big engine. There were people with parallel commutes to me that I'd recognize on the platforms. I would run into friends and neighbors on occasion, and get a nice conversation in on the train. In a weird way, I miss it.
    That being said, if/when I get back on that grind, the minute I walk into a 15-minute-late train that smells of human piss and vomit, all that nostalgia will go out the window pretty quick.

    1 vote
  11. eve
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    I go to bed later (mostly because the August heat is absolutely killing me and my SO) and wake up a bit later. I say a bit only because I HAVE to be up for an 8am daily get together/meeting,...

    I go to bed later (mostly because the August heat is absolutely killing me and my SO) and wake up a bit later. I say a bit only because I HAVE to be up for an 8am daily get together/meeting, otherwise I'd be laying about until later.

    My schedule is half disaster but also I feel a lot better when working from home in terms of comfort. No uncomfortable work clothes or if I get too hot or too cold these things are generally fixable. I sometimes take naps or ill lay down for a short break. If I feel sick I can step away. Even if my schedule is a bit more random, it's definitely advantegous for me to be working from home in that I just feel better.

    1 vote
  12. viridian
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    I wake up at 5AM and often get a ton of work done before anyone else is up and about, so I can focus now. I don't worry so much about being seen leaving the office early.

    I wake up at 5AM and often get a ton of work done before anyone else is up and about, so I can focus now. I don't worry so much about being seen leaving the office early.

  13. joplin
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    Like some others, my work hasn't really changed at all. I don't do the 20 minute commute anymore, so I maybe get 20-40 extra minutes of sleep. (But usually the dog won't let me sleep in, so it's a...

    Like some others, my work hasn't really changed at all. I don't do the 20 minute commute anymore, so I maybe get 20-40 extra minutes of sleep. (But usually the dog won't let me sleep in, so it's a wash.) The one thing that's different is that I now take walks with the family during lunch. I see many neighbors spending much more time with their families. It's actually kind of utopian in that sense. Working parents who felt guilty about not spending enough time with the kids now spend one or more extra hours with their kids. I wonder if this will have positive effects in their future?