You’re cooped up and trying to socially distance yourself. By now, you’ve heard all the do’s and don’t to keep yourself healthy and sane. You’re even practicing some of them. So far, so good. However, there might come a time when things get worse, you might live with a family that does not cope well with stress. To put it another way, a family member or two could drive you crazy.
You might be sick of looking at your screen or getting irritated with your lack of progress doing jigsaw puzzles or bothered by annoying family members. Your virtual office might be a mess. Clean and organized are two words you don’t have in your vast vocabulary. Be honest, is your virtual office clean and organized? I’m not suggesting you go on a Kondo-izing rampage in your workspace. You just don’t want people to see you’re online in your bedroom.
Do you have the tools needed to effectively cope with irritating family members in your jail-like situation? In an era of social-distancing, a new and creative approach is needed to survive and thrive.
It’s time to hide from your family.
Here are three tried and true things you can do to stave off house-bound family members. Let’s assume you don’t have a room to use as your virtual office.
TIP #1 Buy a foldable privacy screen and put it behind you. Put a sign on the back of the screen that says “Danger, Radioactive Material Do NOT Enter”. You can buy a screen online. They come in all sizes, colors, shapes, and prices.
TIP #2 Stay connected. If your Internet connection is not reliable or is slow, buy an ethernet cable connection instead of relying on Wi-Fi. Ethernet cables come in different colors. You’ll be the envy of your family with your colorful cable connection.
TIP #3 If you’re worried about nosy family members eavesdropping or lurking outside your virtual office, purchase a white noise reduction machine. They have the capability to muffle annoying people sounds.
Send me an email if you have a tip or two to use to Hide From Your Family.
Next time, I’ll be discussing how introverts can make the most out of social-distancing networking.