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NBR working from home

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trudijoy
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Hey ladies, 

i WFH and have done for nearly five years. 

I know there are others on BR who do too, and many of you who will need to start in the coming weeks so thought I'd open a place for people to share tips and ask questions. 

my top three tips are:

- take your breaks. Use them to do laundry, dinner prep, pop out and grab groceries (unless you are quarantined), check the mail, walk around the block, make the bed.... whatever, just shift your focus and do something else 

- set your boundaries. Working from home does not  mean you need to work 24/7. At the end of your day, stop and walk away. 

- lay in a stock of healthy snacks, because you will snack lol
tabucutie
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That's a good thread to start. I doubt we will get the opportunity to work WFH though I feel like it could be done. Interesting times ahead aye.
trudijoy
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what do you do Tabucutie? 

yeah there are so many jobs where WFH isn't an option.

I work online and we've been pulled out of any physical presence with our clients (schools) so it's business as usual for me, just busier and i'm mostly living in active wear atm haha. 
MareeB
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I'm working in residential care nowdays so I'll be off to work every day as usual. Its nice to feel kinda normal amongst the craziness. I hope you are all well and safe xx
shazatron101
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I'm self isolating to stay away from all the dickheads roaming around lmfao sadly their panic is catching so distancing will be great for my peace of mind. 

I have no tips nor do i work (other than the parental kind) but do stay safe my friends :-) 
trudijoy
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yup, I'm social distancing too.

Immuno compromised, and people are gross atm!
Lisa-Lou
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I work in the hospitality industry so have had hardly any work but I'm ok with that. I've been staying home and away from everyone. 
shazatron101
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They truly are. Ive threatened death to 2 people (and i really meant it too) today for trying to touch my kid. Like, I don't people touching her, but especially now, they need to check themselves before i feckin wreck them 
trudijoy
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Fair. At the moment someone sneezes on tv and I feel like I need to wash my hands. 
worldofsooziewong
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I self-isolate most evenings and weekends anyway lol. I'm looking forward to the gym shutting down so I don't have to pay to not go anymore. 
shazatron101
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HHahahahahshahaha oh tell me about it. Its mental.

Sooooozie youre back! (?) I feel like i haven't seen your name for a while lol
MareeB
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I went to Countdown this morning. Need I say anymore? O.M.G. There were NO bananas!! That is a crisis for a raw vegan!!!
worldofsooziewong
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Lol, Shaz. I've been here all the time, just lurking quietly/moderating! It's been a really crazy start to the year for me even before the pandemic. Been trying to get into teaching in a new school building/modern learning environment. Now we have to figure out how to teach when there's no kids in it! 
shazatron101
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My favorite past time, lurking. My other name is "hey you in the bushes!"

Oh good luck lol that is a situation i dont envy
tabucutie
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@trudijoy I caption phonecalls for the deaf and hearing impaired. Our service is deemed essential by the government so I'll be expecting to work right the way through. It is nice to have that part of normality amid this crisis and all the news broadcasts.

Hey all, quick query. So I've been cutting down on my exposure to the news as i do get a bit anxious about it all. Does anyone have any recommendations for songs or albums I could listen to? Was listening to music yesterday and find it quite soothing at work. Besides which I thought it would be kind of cool to see what other people are interested in.

@MareeB: I went to my local fresh choice yesterday after work and there was absolutely no bread! One lady was nutting off while the rest of us had a blank expression on our faces. Its definitely different.
trudijoy
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what an amazing, useful service to provide tabucutie!

My top recently released blast-it songs at the moment are:

- Demi Lovato - I love me
- Jonas Brothers - What a man gotta do , and Only Human
- Lady Gaga - Stupid Love


I also love to blast a good bit of Six60, Pink, older Demi, Taylor and a good bit of 90's stuff too 
shazatron101
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Oooh ive been listening to

imagine dragons (bad liar - stripped, next to me are 2 of my favorite songs atm and all of the origins album, but anything from them is excellent), 30 seconds to mars, green day, katy perry, disturbed, hank williams! 

I got too many to list and i dont want to make the forum look like spam hahaha but i think theres a way to share spotify playlists so maybe thats an option

 
First Lady
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Hey Tabu - as a hearing impaired person, I promise you the community appreciate what you do!  xox
Lisa-Lou
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I love music and love cranking up some sounds! 
My music tastes are varied but I do love my metal like rage against the machine, SOAD, Slipknot, Metallica etc. But I also like older bands like Creedence Clearwater, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Janis Joplin. I also love hearing a great song on a movie then finding it and adding to my playlists! There's a great song calles Sail by Awolnation but Devildriver does a great version of it. Passenger has some great songs, I love let her go because it was my nanas funeral song and Sarah McLaughlins "Angel'. Sorry I could go for hours but I shall stop lmao
 
MissDilly
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I love all Ellie Goulding's music - constantly listen to her on Spotify ..  
Silvene
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@tabucutie, I've been listening to a lot of acoustic covers this week.   I work from home and have clients popping in, so I needed to try find a style of music that wouldn't put my clients to sleep, but would still be relaxing and appeal to everyone (it's so hard to find music that covers all tastes, so far the acoustic covers seem to be popular and no one has been offended by it).
trudijoy
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also a BIG fan of The Edge radio station's Listen Live option.

Presenter banter is as good as office background noise :)
Kimrose
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Work from home....if only! Being in retail it is just not possible for me. Husband has worked the odd day or two at home, lucky guy!. 
I work at Chemist Warehouse so if you can imagine your local supermarket at rush hour, well that's been my week this week. Absolute bedlam, we have sold out of masks about 6 weeks ago, I get asked probably 50 -60 times a day. Hand sanitizer has been in and out of stock on a daily basis, timing is everything.  Our dispensary is ridiculously busy, and everyone is working so, so hard. We  have had a mix of customers, with most being patient but some think they need everything now and are angry that we have no stock or have had to limit quantities.  Needless to say it have been wine night every night this week. Stay safe ladies.
Lisa-Lou
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Kim I can only imagine how crazy it would be! I live in a tiny town so have not had to deal with supermarkets or anything. I did an online order which arrived a few days ago. I feel prepared now and am happy staying home.
tabucutie
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Thanks for all the songs and artist recommendations, I'll be listening to these today.

@trudijoy Yup it's a rewarding job, very busy of late. Sure does make the work day faster.

@First Lady thanks! Its nice to be appreciated :)

@Kimrose: can only imagine how busy it's been for you. Hope you get some good downtime when you're not working. 
shazatron101
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I think you can learn a lot about someone from listening to their favorite song!

 
AboutFace
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I also work in retail and it's been crazy, some people are being greedy which isn't fair to everyone particularly the aged who do their regular shop and can't get what they would normally purchase. It puts staff under stress having to work extra hours and days to keep up with the demand. Some people are even buying chest freezers. I don't know how some of them would've coped if there was another big quake.
trudijoy
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Here's hoping that the latest today about staying home if you are immuno compromised, over 70 or have a medical condition helps those who shouldn't be at work realise that they need to stay home ti be  safe.

i made the call a week ago, and it was such a relief to know that my risk is less now despite having a thyroid condition, and history of lung issues and asthma 
worldofsooziewong
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Yeap, I've been told to work from home until I see my specialist on Thursday to further assess my risk due to a chronic respiratory illness. It's a huge relief as I work in a large school. I'm going to be one of the first to try out this teaching from home business that all schools are busily preparing for right now. 
trudijoy
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99% of my conversations with teachers atm are guidance about distance teaching, soozie. It's not far off. 

stay safe ladies 
Lisa-Lou
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The unknown is all very scary.  Stay safe my friends xxx
SmileyPisces
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@Aboutface: I totally agree with you.

I think people are not thinking of those shopping after them, especially the elderlies. But i haven't seen people in nz shopping trollies of toilet paper yet, and limits are now in place, so i think we are quite ok compared to other countries when they first had this. I guess people are stocking up so they wont need to come out for a few weeks =D. I usually shop early in the mornings... surprised i am no longer the only few early shoppers around now.

Oh well, life goes on despite all this. Hopefully it dies down soon... where everything goes back to normal.
worldofsooziewong
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Tabucutie, what an amazing job you do!

As for music, I mostly listen to house music, especially from the 90s. I've been blasting the old tunes from back in the day for the last couple of weeks and remembering all the good times. Life seemed so much simpler then! This morning, Gok Wan did a 'virtual rave' on Instagram playing 90s bangers and it was awesome! My friend in the uk who I used to go clubbing with was also playing it so we danced together, 12,000 miles apart! There's some really great connections happening right now. I'm now using my screen time to connect with others rather than read news/false news. 
worldofsooziewong
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Tabucutie, what an amazing job you do!

As for music, I mostly listen to house music, especially from the 90s. I've been blasting the old tunes from back in the day for the last couple of weeks and remembering all the good times. Life seemed so much simpler then! This morning, Gok Wan did a 'virtual rave' on Instagram playing 90s bangers and it was awesome! My friend in the uk who I used to go clubbing with was also playing it so we danced together, 12,000 miles apart! There's some really great connections happening right now. I'm now using my screen time to connect with others rather than read news/false news. 
Macs
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Oh this week has been absolute madness for me lol Just finished my sixth shift today at my supermarket . 

I was bummed I missed my concert this weekend . I'm used to being social on weekends. It's a change for me to isolate myself from friends and extended family. 

I feel relieved to be home to wind down with a wine . Back to the madness tommorow lol 
tabucutie
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Thanks @soozie. It's been a solid job for just over the last 7 years but wow is it getting super busy at the moment. I suppose it's due to self isolation and there is a lot more time for talk lol. Glad to be having a couple days off though. House music, there are a couple of  OG tracks but I don't know what they are called, I know I like them though. I think it's great that even though the world is in isolation, quarantine and social distancing that connections are being made. I really enjoy seeing the clips of what people are getting up to around the world. Makes it a bit lighthearted you know? It's nice to see people still coming together in a way that they can.

@Macs: Are supermarkets crazy atm where you are? I've been avoiding mine but it is pay week so will make the effort to get in and get out. Hopefully with no problems.
Lisa-Lou
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Dad went at 7.30am today and he said the line was nearly out the door. A lockdown is near for sure and people are in panic mode even more. Crazy times ahead.
trudijoy
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the thing is, even in lockdown, the supermarkets will still be open.   They're just scary to be inside of right now :/
Lisa-Lou
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I can only imagine Trudi. I'm staying well away and my partner has just got home from a month at sea so he will see the madness tomorrow on his way home. I'm annoyed at idiots not taking it seriously. I want to use another word for them but no swearing in the forum lol :-)
shazatron101
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Get creative lisa! My favorite, for instance, is see you next Tuesday! just take (roughly) the first letter of each, but see and you become c and u hahahahahaha its a polite way of saying it i think.

If you seek Amy, is another, and also a britney spears song, but not an insult as such lol
trudijoy
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i use japanese words for that. 

We're all WFH from Thursday, for the most part. 

Scary. 
Lisa-Lou
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Omg Shaz bhahahaha that made me laugh!
I just watched the announcement live too Trudi. Thank goodness she is doing this. 
shazatron101
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Oooooh trudi teach us!!! Hahahaha id love to learn some new swears lol

I have friended my lovely (elderly) neighbors on fb and told them I do my groceries on Thursdays and if they need top up items I'd gladly get it for them, they seemed very grateful for that! 
 
shazatron101
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Side note, talking about the current situation here is so nice. Im losing my mind seeing all the stuff posted on the news feeds but here i feel... idk. Safer? So thanks ladies x
trudijoy
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yeah i hear you shaz i turned off the news coverage and turned myhand to what i do best - helping my teachers and my schools.  We are manic atm.

Haha in japanese it's ALL about the tone. :D
Lisa-Lou
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That's really nice of you Shaz! I was feeding my chooks yesterday and my neighbour called out to me. She is in her 70s and so lovely.  I said I am here anytime and can help with groceries too. Lets hope everyone does this:-)
shazatron101
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Haha oh  I'm very sure i can manage with tone!! Mwahahahahahaha 

I hope so too, lisa! Kindness wont kill anyone, especially now
trudijoy
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Heheh yeah the tone part is fuuuuun
itsclearascrystal
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Only just tuned into this thread because yep it's been a super stressful time and haven't been able to get my BR fix. I'm sort of dreading the next 4 weeks a little bit, I'd just started to settle in Auckland and having the people around me introducing me to what it had to offer was a huge part of that. I'm a very social person so this lockdown all sounds a bit intimidating (but I totally support why it's being done. We'll all breathe a huge sigh of relief when we get on top of this virus). Stay safe ladies and may we all be able to avoid the supermarket crazy's haha.
Macs
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@tabucutie I open our store at 7am our supermarket car park is full with ques . It was me on my own till 8am last week . Finally my boss has added extra people to help me . Two more shifts till my day off . I feel knackered already . 

My partner is now stay at home parent with our kids . His work is off for four weeks . So I guess I'm the main worker for now . 

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