Hi everyone, Szeki here. How are you all doing? I hope the answer is well. In the 12 years that I've had the shop, it's been open almost every day of the year (except for the public holidays and the time during Hurricane Sandy). It's heartbreaking to not be able to open our doors for you, to provide some comfort, a safe place to browse and talk, especially during such an unusual time. But I thought I would try my best to be here online. I've put together a list of some routines that I'm implementing throughout my WFH days. I've found it's these small routines that help me stay positive during this time. My team will be doing the same over the next couple of weeks. We hope that these routines might inspire some ideas for you to stay grounded and well. If you ever need anything, email us. We really miss you but we'll be back in the store in no time.
ROUTINE 1: FIND COMFORT IN THE MUNDANE
I find it extremely hard to stay productive when I am busy feeling anxious about everything that's going on and then also guilty about not doing enough simply because I am staying home. I wonder how many of you are staying home and feeling the same.
Recently, while scrolling through Instagram, I stumbled upon this quote that someone shared:
This quote helped me recalibrate the way I was thinking about everything. The situation is out of my hands and even though I feel like I'm sitting at home, doing small tasks, I realized it's these small tasks that make up the bigger picture. I thought this quote might be worth passing it on, in case this helps someone else during this time.
ROUTINE 2: MAKE BREAKFAST
I do breakfast now!! Breakfast was never in my daily routine, but during this "work from home" period, I am forcing myself to take better care of myself. I have eggs or grilled cheese and sit down to eat with my husband and son, almost every morning. Also, it's nothing fancy, but I will treat myself with this Malaysian instant white coffee. It's a treat because it is not something you can buy in Copenhagen....
ROUTINE 3: GET DRESSED FOR WORK
It felt kinda silly at first. Getting dressed to go nowhere. The first day I did it, I had that same feeling you get when you're breaking in new shoes by walking around the house. I laughed cause it was so ridiculous. Then I started asking my team to do the same because I realized getting dressed for work put a smile on my face. Now we decided that whenever we log in for work we'll get dressed...to go nowhere. Haha!
ROUTINE 4: SET A TO-DO LIST
Not gonna lie, it has been challenging to stay productive while cooped up with everyone in one space 24/7 (almost). When is work and when is family time? I continue to write my daybook at the start of each day, just to stay clear with what I need to get done by EOD. I break it down into smaller digestible tasks so that I can slot them into my bigger routine, as my toddler is quite demanding at this age, working alongside him at all times...it's hard to stay focused! Ha!
ROUTINE 5: TAKE A BREAK
I like to take small breaks throughout the day and do something else around the house. Some breathing room makes a big difference! Just little things like doing chores, putting dry dishes away, switching on the washing machine or organizing the bathroom sink; makes me feel accomplished especially when I've been stuck on a work problem for a while.
I am also lucky to have 2 window sills in the living room. It has become my absolutely favorite place to sip my afternoon tea, counting people on the street or counting the car-to-bike ratio during social distancing times. Even if it's just 5 mins, this small break keeps me sane.
I miss you guys and the store so….much!!! But before the day comes for us to re-open, I can only try my best to relax and exhale during the ordinary. If you guys ever need a hand with picking out something or just want to chat, I'll be on Live Chat from time to time. It'll say 'Szeki here. Need a hand?' when I'm on. Until then, take care, stay safe and be well. - xSzeki
P.S. One of our 7115 team members, Lara, also made this playlist for you to start your daily routines to. :)