With COVID-19 taking control of our lives, we are all having to adjust in some way shape or form. Some businesses are closing, some are staying open, and others are incorporating a work from home policy.
At Eternity, we have the pleasure of doing our jobs from wherever, whenever.
With tools such as Slack and Google, we are able to stay in touch with our clients and with our team members.
Find out how each one of our crew members is adjusting to their new work environments, and reach out to one of them if you have any questions!
Mike - Founder
Covid has definitely affected me in lots of very small ways. I really tend to like a set routine and knowing where the path ends. Right now, none of that is easy. But what has kept me through this is making new routines, creating comfortable environments for working at home and making attempts for work-life balance, though being a business owner can be a huge struggle. Drinking lots of tea in addition to my coffee addiction has helped a lot. And also taking a daily vitamin D, multi-vitamin and CBD pill has really helped tremendously.
All of this has made me realize how much of an extrovert I truly am. I definitely miss real personal interactions.
But tools like ZOOM and SLACK make it possible for remote communication and I am happy those exist.
Below is a snippet of roughly what my daily routine is like since all of this began.
- 5AM - Wake up, coffee, eggs, review the days' tasks
- 5:30AM - Discuss the day with my wife Mollie and any schedule changes
- 8:00AM - My amazing Mother-in-law watches our 2 girls until 6PM
- 8AM-5PM is work time, with an office desk setup in our Dining Room
- Focussing on self-learning
- Refining and expanding our processes
- Remembering to exercise!
- Plenty of water and healthy snacks
- 6:30PM is family dinner time
- 7:30PM is quiet time, reading, puzzles
- 8:30PM getting the kiddos to bed
- Saturdays and Sundays are fun for family waffle days (sometimes for both breakfast and dinner) and also trying to learn more and level up while making time to build some Lego with Claire and play with Ella.
We will get through this together and while there has been so much loss already, we have to stay focussed on the positive outcomes that can result and the items that we have control over, like our mindset, our actions, our interactions with one another. Onward and upward!
Meghan Richards - Content Specialist
COVID-19 has changed things for sure, but thankfully working from home is not so different when you work for a company like Eternity. We have always had the luxury of working from home weekly, and now we are doing it daily. My routine has not changed too drastically, other than the fact that I get to stay in my pajamas.
Here is what my day-to-day looks like:
- I wake up around 7:30 am to let the pup out, feed her, and take her on a walk.
- I get my breakfast ready, wash my face and 'get ready' for the day.
- I hop on my computer at 9:00 am and get started with the day. Typically I check Slack and emails, then Trello to see what pressing items I have on my to-do list.
- Around lunch (12:00 pm) I do a workout from home. Then I take Piper outside for a little exercise and to go to the bathroom.
- Afterward, I heat up some lunch and get back to work.
- My day technically ends at 4:00 pm but sometimes I stay on later, depending on if I am done for the day.
All-in-all, I have done my best to stick with this routine during these trying times. Having a routine is good for my health, and reminds me that this will be over in due time.
Kolby - Project Manager, Designer + Developer
I wake up around 8:30 am, grab a quick breakfast, and hop online. I turn on music, check emails/Slack + support tickets, and start crossing things off in Trello. I usually grab a late lunch and take a little break to clear my head. Thankfully, working remotely as a programmer has not changed much about my daily routine, and working from home definitely has its perks.
Rob - Project Manager, Designer + Developer
With schools closed indefinitely and the world on mandatory "Stay Home, Stay Safe" it's important to find a new normal and set good routines for both yourself and your family. My new normal is very much the same as my pre-COVID-19 life except there's slightly less traffic, free parking, and the occasional Disney+ movie during my lunch break (I need to work that last one into the office when/if we return). My daily new normal looks something like this:
- 7:30-8:00 Wake up
- 8:00-8:45 Get breakfast ready for my 2 girls (typically cereal, sometimes french toast) and make coffee
- 8:45-9:20 Shower with a podcast playing (today was The Jeselnik & Rosenthal Vanity Project)
- 9:30-10:00 Get to my desk and check Slack, Trello, Freshdesk, and Email
- 10:00-10:30 Prioritize any new assignments and plan my next moves
- 10:30-12:30 Work with a podcast playing (today was Keith and the Girl)
- 12:30-1:30 Lunch with kiddos and the wife (she's hanging out with the kids all day, they haven't been unsupervised this entire time)
- 1:30-4:00 Work, continued...
- 4:00-11:30 Unwind, make/eat dinner, play with kids, put kids to bed, watch something that's not on Disney+, bed
That's pretty much my new normal. My remote battle station (pictured) is tucked into the corner of our bedroom.
Shawna - Digital Marketing Assistant
My typical day looks something like this:
- Waking up and doing my usual scroll on my phone, hidden under the sheets to delay my dog noticing I’m up and asking to go out (usually only get a few minutes before he notices, and promptly plops himself on my chest), just to enjoy some quiet time to myself
- Getting up and dressed for the day, Checking on my plants and letting my dog, Jack, outside
- Making myself a cup of Hot Cocca, and picking my workstation for the day.
- Since I work on a laptop, that means my work station can be quite flexible, some days it’s the couch in my living room, or the kitchen table, my full desk station in my room, or even on the floor in front of my woodstove (very nice on the chilly days). Some days it’s a mix of all those spots!
- In the afternoon when it’s nice outside I’ll take a break and go for a walk with my dog. Occasionally accompanied by my landlord’s daughter, she has the most wonderful imagination which makes for some very interesting conversations while we walk. On our most recent walk she came to the conclusion that should we be able to eat a cloud it would taste like cotton candy, quite possibly even maple cotton candy, because they are the same color.
- I spend my evening playing games, reading, or watching shows and cuddling with my boyfriend. We’ve been working on binge-watching various Netflix shows, as well as watching movies we haven’t seen before thanks to Xfinity. Detective Pickaku was our most recent movie, pretty good actually, Ryan Renoldys was quite funny.
While the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order may seem scary, or frustrating, I think it’s really important to focus on the second part of it, ‘Stay Safe’. Not to say you shouldn’t stay home, because you absolutely should be staying home. However, If you think about it from the ‘Stay Safe’ mindset, it can help make your day-to-day life easier. You, your partner, your kids, your family, are all home to stay safe. That’s a really important thing to remember.
Being home 24/7 also allows you the time to focus on things you didn’t have the time for before, or just not enough time.
- Exercise, do some sort of physical activity in your day.
- Work on your hobby, If your hobbies aren’t at home nows a great time to find one that is
- Read a book, I’m sure we all have some books lying around that we’ve been meaning to read
- Learn/Explore - There are all kinds of online tours of museums and online classes you can access right now. A lot of them are free to help with kids and home-schooling. (Explore.org, has lots of live streams from all over the world; zoo’s, beaches, etc.)
- Play some board games or do a puzzle
- Listen to music or a podcast
- Check-in on your friends/family. Call them, Message them, video call them. You can still be social and be safe about it.
While for some of us, this may not change our day to day very much, for others it’s a big shift. So be kind, be patient, and be grateful for all the little things.
Carlos - Developer + Google Specialist
I wake up at 6:30 or so and do some reading while I drink coffee and have breakfast. After breakfast I clean up, change, and spend some time reviewing what I did yesterday and what I want to get through today. I'll log in at about 8:30 or so, review emails, tickets, and requests and get started. Late morning I'll go for a run (weather permitting). When I get back to the computer I like to do about half an hour or 45 minutes with a work-related online course. Then it's lunch and a crossword puzzle.
After lunch, I'll continue working until about 4 or 4:30 and call it a day.