When we began this year, none us fathomed that three months into the year a grand majority of San Diegans would be working from home. Tragically, our nation is currently facing a
pandemic, and we have been asked to do our part to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the virus by staying home and practicing social distancing.
The stay-at-home order presents many new challenges, including requiring us to work from home. Working from home presents unique challenges, which can be especially difficult for women. Many women are now having to juggle taking care of children and working at the same time. For others, they struggle with having to mix their home life with their work life, which seems to throw the work-life balance out of sync. For me, I have struggled with both. As you may know, I have two young children, a three-year-old son and seven-month-old daughter, so working from home has been positively challenging. At first, I attempted to work in my bedroom and living room looking for the best fit. However, having quickly realized that I was not leaving for work, my son followed me wherever I went, and he decided that it was playtime with Mommy.
So like many of you, I had to improvise and think of creative ways to work from home. I decided it was best for me to act as if I was going to the office. My new routine is as follows: I wake up, get ready, kiss my children goodbye, and proceed to my new workspace, which is located in my garage. When the workday is over, I leave my garage and walk in through the front door and begin my home routine. In this way, I maintain as sense of routine and normalcy. I know that many of you are dealing with similar challenges. I encourage you to be creative and establish your own new normal.
So how do you create a new normal? Find a creative way to separate your home space from your work space. Also, continue to be involved in the organizations that you are passionate
about. Now, more than ever, we need each other. For me, continuing to advance our mission is just as important now because women have been greatly impacted by the pandemic. We should also create a new normal with respect to Lawyers Club activities: stay active in our committees, which are now offering virtual meetings; vote for our board candidates; renew your membership; and sponsor our events.
During this time, it is also important for us to remember to be compassionate and work together. By working together during these difficult times, we help our fellow citizens, advance our
mission, and work to overcome this pandemic. Let us show the nation why San Diego is America’s finest city.
-Article first published in LC News, April 2020
Elvira Cortez practices business and commercial litigation and employment defense at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP and is the 2019-2020 president of Lawyers Club.