Let's face it: the Covid-19 pandemic has brought on a new normal. Even though France has since reopened
and has gone through what was hopefully the worst of that situation, the country can never be too careful. It's still possible that more deviants might spring up, resulting in more waves and inevitably, more national lockdowns. This is why the new normal now includes working from home. But how does one go about it in a city like Paris? Can working from home really be the new normal in such a bustling city? The answer is yes and here are a few ways.
Get Strong WiFi
First of all, you have to ensure that your internet connection can actually handle your working at home. Nothing is worse than a weak connection, especially since it often leads to slow progress, jumbled voice chats, unclear video calls, and delayed submissions. If you have to go through all of that just to get a hard day's work in, how would you ever survive working from home at all? Ensure that you get strong wifi by connecting with some of the best local telecommunications companies
France has to offer. If you're lucky, you might even get a good deal that can help lower your costs
There's Always Room For Work
You probably think that you can already get by with what you have in your place now, don't you? Even if you don't have your own room for a home office, as long as you have a nice bedroom
or a luxurious living room
, you can work anywhere in your Paris apartment, right? Well, be that as it may, it's always better to have your own little work corner in your home. Set up a desk, layout all the materials you'll need for your work, and separate it from the rest of the place. This way, you can work as hard as you can with little to no distractions at all. Think of it as your own little cubicle at home!
Clean Your Place
As the saying goes, you'll need a 'clean place for a clear mind' and nothing is better for work than a clear and refreshed mind. So even before you start clocking in, why not clean your place up for a bit? Tidy up your bed, clear out all the stuff you don't need, and keep your place neat and tidy. Take out all of your distractions and you're sure to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Mind you, if you already have a designated place in your home for your work, this will help whittle down the areas you'll need to clean up.
Avoid Your Bed
Since you already have your own work area, you have no reason to stay on your bed, right? Trust that working on your bed, as tempting as it is, isn't exactly the best way to work at home. Sure, it's comfy, familiar, and it's a space that's all your own but you'll likely feel too relaxed that you'll hardly work at all. Worse, you might even end up sleeping the day away without accomplishing anything. Just stick to your desk or, if you can't designate your own work space, on the dining table instead. Your bed should just be for rest and the farther you are from it, the better!
Don’t Forget to Talk With Your Co-Workers
Although it's bound to be the new normal, you don't have to get used to the loneliness of working from home. It may seem strange not to see your co-workers in person anymore, but thanks to the power of technology, you can still talk and reach out to them online. And it's best to do so every now and then. Even if there isn't a meeting on Zoom, whether it's to ask for help or simply some idle chatter in-between tasks, talking with your colleagues can help keep you sane throughout this crazy new process. It can also help you avoid becoming antisocial.
Remember to Take Breaks
The great thing about working from home is that you get to control your own time more often than not. As long as your company leaves you to your own devices and you can accomplish the tasks at hand at the end of the day, what you do with your time is up to you. The downside to this, however, is that you might completely lose yourself in your work and forget to take breaks! This, in turn, can result in exhaustion, more stress, and possibly even health problems too. Don't let it get to that point and always remember to take breaks. You're in Paris! Taking breaks is the lifestyle here! Enjoy the scenery from your place, look out to your Parisian district, and take a breather!
Order Out for Food
Now, when it comes to food, it's probably better to order out instead of eating in. Even if you have a gorgeous kitchen in your long-term Paris rental, when you get so immersed with your work, you might just forget what you left on. Before you know it, you've already started an unfortunate incident that was completely avoidable in the first place. To ensure that doesn't happen, just order out and have food delivered to your door instead. There are a lot of apps
for that sort of stuff nowadays anyways. And it doesn't have to be every day either! Just on days where you'll be at your busiest!
Look Neat Nonetheless
Don't think that just because you're working from home that you don't have to dress up! You're in Paris, the fashion capital of the world for goodness sake! You don't need an excuse to dress up! With so many comfortable fashion staples
here, you have no reason not to look your best even if you're only at home. And it's common courtesy to look neat when working no matter where you are. If you have an online meeting, you don't want to face your colleagues, clients, and superiors looking sloppy, would you? That's not the way the French do business
so you shouldn't either!
These days, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, even a bustling city like Paris has to have many of its professionals working from home. It's the new normal, after all. There are plenty of ways to work at home properly in the French capital!
Of course, all of these would be possible if you got a luxury home
here to begin with. Don't worry! Paris has a ton of them!