Work in the time of Corona virus

THE SHOW MUST GO ON.

…and don’t get me wrong – this is a good thing after all.

To have something to be busy with, to socially interact with co-workers, to feel the warmth and the healthy pressure of every-day responsibilities. All the people I’m talking to are actually happy that fear and uncertainty are gradually making space for routines, weekly meetings, deadlines and excel sheets. Life is full of surprises, isn’t it?

Given the current situation, most of us here are required to work remotely, to avoid the virus spread. So I, together with other 1.4ish billions people currently living in China, resumed work yesterday after the long break for Chinese New Year, from home.

So… I wake up in the morning, do some yoga, have breakfast with my husband, take a quick shower and then sit down at my work station. I’m very strict about this – I don’t bring the laptop to my bedroom or to the sofa, work is work and it needs a special space, quiet and well-organised, where I can really focus.

As well as my black Moleskine and plenty of different pens, on my desk I have hand cream, because we all need a little treat from time to time, and a big water bottle. Staying hydrated is one of the secrets of a fresh mind, and glowy complexion.

I take all my phone calls standing – and I try to walk around my apartment. I’m nowhere close to the 10.000 steps I used to take in my pre-Corona life, but at least it helps reminding myself that, well, mens sana in corpore sano.

I listen to music in between meetings. And I listen to any kind of music. I love The Beatles, Prince, Beyonce and sometimes even a touch of Billie Ellish. Sometimes I stand up and dance, just for a chorus, or maybe two. My favourite playlist is the one that comes straight out of my husband’s piano: Bach, English Suites and Three Parts Inventions. Lucky me.

I try to spread love, even during business conversations. Love for our team members, first of all. Love for our business and for our customers, who keep it alive. Love for our job, where we keep growing as human beings. Day after day, working from the office, on a train, in store, at home.

At 6pm I turn off my computer and leave my work station. Time to catch up with my husband, cook dinner, watch a movie. Because, as we all know, the show must go on.

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