If you're from Chicago, then you know that the city doesn't abide by any reasonable weather patterns. It could be freezing in June, and there just might be a heat wave in September. We had one of those unseasonable heat waves a few weeks ago, and guess what happened? Right in the middle of it, my air conditioning went out. I don't have a grade-A landlord, so I was stuck in a 90 degree apartment for four days before it got fixed.
The best part? I work at home.
Of course, I wasn't going to let a mini disaster knock me off track. Instead, I took a few actions that made the whole thing a little more bearable. Here's how:
I'm lucky that most of my work is done on a laptop, so it was easy for me to run to my favorite coffee shop and park it for a few blessed hours in the A/C with a couple of iced coffees to help me along. I daresay these were some of my most productive days! Now, I know this might not be the case for everyone. Maybe you're working on a desktop or you have special equipment at home. If that's so, get creative. I spent some time outside the house taking pictures for my Instagram. What else can you do? Book client meetings during this time, go out and have a chat with your partner (if you have one), or take a journal and have a little idea session. You can still be productive!
I'm one of those people who likes to do everything by herself (and I'm guessing some of you have that mentality as well). The thing is, in a crisis, you gotta accept help. For me, this meant accepting my parents' offers to watch my dog and get me dinner. It was a huge relief to have these little things taken care of. Beyond creature comforts, ask someone to help you out with a project. Maybe this is a good time to get your website professionally done or have someone else take care of your emails for a day. Whatever it is, let yourself be helped.
PERSPECTIVE IS KEY
I'm not going to lie to you guys: when my A/C went out, I lost my sh!t. I went back and forth with my landlord about the situation, but at the end of the day, I got nowhere. I just had to deal with the fact that my home office was going to be an oven for the next few days. How? I shifted my perspective. Yeah, it sucked that it was hot, but at least I still had electricity to power up my laptop battery so I could take it outside. I had a place to go. I had coffee. Things weren't really so bad, and before I knew it, it was all over.
How do you deal with home office fiascoes?