How Long Does The (Quarantined) Honeymoon Last?

By Brad Hubele, Controller

Last month, Louisa introduced us to the sticky situations that come from working remotely with toddlers running rampant. This month, our Controller, Brad, gives us a glimpse into how his family has made virtual work and school a part of their daily routine.

Wedding vows of the future may have to add "and in forced co-working" right along with sickness and health. When my wife and I got married last fall, we didn't know we were going to get a crash course in togetherness to start the honeymoon phase. I am happy to report that we have certainly survived that ultimate first year test of working from home together, along with creating a distance learning haven for my son.

For the first three months, both of our jobs moved to completely virtual, like so many others. It was all day together, every day. We made it work by creating a giant workspace and investing in AirPods, a true necessity. At the same time, my son was diving into distance learning at school. It took us some time to find the right set up, but by the time this fall rolled around, we got him situated with the ultimate virtual learning workspace. We used what we had around the house to build him a space that is not only functional, but is fun for him too. We have him set up with our iMac and AirPods, and also threw in a bunch of other technology.

One additional thing we have focused on is making sure that we have time and experiences outside of those workspaces to keep our sanity. We found a way  to fit in "physical education" time by walking the dog or going swimming at our pool. 

As a change of pace, Fridays are a day where we find a place outside of our home to socially distance and get some work done, like at one of Madison's many local breweries that offers outdoor seating. Finally, we also set up a "relaxing and reading" area in our office to make sure we had a place away from the computers and desks to decompress. The dog really enjoys this particular station as well.

Learning and adapting to these changes are certainly a big part of our success. If it was last spring and I was writing this post, the information would have been more of an anti-advice article, complete with a picture of me looking like I was about to jump off the porch. I won't say there aren't still days when that crosses my mind (or my wife’s, for that matter), but our workstations and organization have certainly improved, and we’ve learned how to deal with the “new normal” of our household.