DAVID Westgate works in travel industry advertising and volunteers in mental health.
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THE first step to maintaining productivity is maintaining relationships.
Like you, I work for a living. At least, I try. But right now, that work is looking a little different.
So I consulted some of those ‘Work from Home’ articles – and discovered they’re rubbish. How, for example, are you supposed to ‘set boundaries’ if a toddler decides your new home office looks like the world’s greatest playground?
How do you ‘avoid distractions’ when your family home is actually filled with a family. And four mobile phones, three TV’s, a stereo system with apparently no volume control, and arguably the world’s yappiest dog.
I don’t know about you, but with my lot, I’d find it hard avoiding distractions even if my office were in the most western wing of Downton Abbey.
So I considered reading my family the riot act. After all, my activities were clearly far more important than theirs.
But then, just before I sent out the All-Family email suggesting this, something dawned on me.
What if they all thought that their activities were just as important as mine? What if they merely laughed at my misguided boss-like behaviour or worse, were so offended by it I made living conditions unlivable for the next three months
After due consideration, I came to this conclusion: during these unprecedented times I will try and be Australia’s nicest person first, and most productive second.
I will try to be as understanding as I expect those around me to be, and those colleagues still working with me.
And by ensuring I get along well with my fellow prisoners, I reckon everything will work a whole lot better, and not just for me.
Who knows, I might just end up working even better.