FOCUS ON WORK, FROM HOME

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De cand a inceput criza COVID-19, pentru multi a fost din ce in ce mai greu sa distanteze viata personala de cea profesionala. Angajatii care pot lucra de acasa au inceput sa se adapteze la noua normalitate. Beneficiile, cel putin pentru mine sunt multe. Imi place ca ajung din dormitor la birou in doar cinci minute. La revedere, mijloace de transport aglomerate! Alte beneficii includ programul flexibil, sentimentul de siguranta de acasa si haine comode.

Sunt si persoane care isi pierd repede concentrarea acasa. Iata cum ma descurc eu.

Balancing personal and work life has never been harder since the COVID-19 crisis started. The employees that can perform their jobs from home started to slowly adjust to the new normal. The benefits, at least for me, are many. My favorite perk is being able to travel from my bedroom to my office in no more than five minutes. So long, pesky commute! Other benefits include a more flexible schedule, the safe feeling of your own home, or a comfy outfit.

But some people can get easily distracted by this familiar environment. Here’s how I remain focused.

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LIVE IN THE NOW

Avem tendinta sa ne gandim mereu la ce urmeaza, in loc sa ne contentram la prezent. Cand suntem la munca, numaram zilele ramase pana la weekend. Cand suntem la supermarket, ne gandim cum sa ajungem mai repede acasa. Cand suntem plictisiti, ne gandim la urmatoarea vacanta, si exemplele pot continua. Viata este alcatuita din momente plictisitoare, captivante, bune, rele, toate emotiile pozitive si negative, care creeaza un cocktail unic pentru fiecare. In loc sa ne gandim care va fi urmatoarea “bautura”, ar trebui sa ne concentram pe gustul fiecarei inghitituri, cu toate aromele ei.

We always tend to think about what’s coming next instead of focusing on the present moment. When we are at work, we count the days left until the weekend. When we are at the supermarket, we only think about how we can get home faster. When we are bored, we think about our next vacation, and the examples could keep on coming. Life is made up of dull, exciting, good, bad, all of the existing emotions, a positive and negative mix, to create a unique cocktail for each one of us. Instead of thinking about what the next “drink” will be, we should focus on tasting each sip, with all the flavors. 

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PARTING GIFT

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Am fost tare ocupata in ultima vreme cu viata 🙂 schimbari, noi inceputuri si multe multe aventuri mai mult sau mai putin placute. Dar unul dintre lucrurile care m-au facut sa zambesc a fost cadoul de despartire de la fostii mei colegi de munca. Am mai facut un pas in cariera si ei au vrut sa se asigure ca nu ii uit. Life kept me busy these last days 🙂 I’ve faced changes, a new beginning and I’ve had enough adventures for a year (more or less pleasant). But one of the things that made me smile was the parting gift received from my former work colleagues. I took another step in my career and they wanted to make sure I won’t forget them.

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LAZY LUNCH

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Solutia la care apelez atunci cand nu am chef sa gatesc, dar nici nu vreau sa mananc prostii in pauza de pranz 🙂 My fix for when I’m not in the mood for cooking but I don’t want to eat junk food at lunch the next day 🙂

UNEORI, SINGURATATEA E BUNA / DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE ALONE

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De curand am plecat pentru prima data singura in afara tarii. Daca era dupa mine nu m-as fi dus niciodata, numai ca, de data asta, a fost ordin de serviciu. Paris a fost destianta mea, un oras pe care il stiam bine (acum cativa ani am fost in vacanta acolo). Am plecat de acasa cu inima cat un purice, ingrozita de zilele ce vor urma. Nu as fi conceput niciodata sa ma plimb singura intr-un oras strain sau sa mananc singura intr-un restaurant. A trebuit sa imi calc pe inima si sa fac toate aceste lucruri. Acum, de acasa, spun un singur lucru: nu regret nimic. Ba chiar ma bucur ca am avut sansa sa ies din rutina si sa incerc lucruri pe care nu le-as fi facut niciodata in alte circumstante. Asadar, indrazniti sa faceti lucruri noi, cine stie s-ar putea chiar sa va placa! Some time ago I left the country on my own for the first time. I would never have done this if it wasn’t for the job. Paris was my destination, a city I knew well (a few years ago I vacationed there). I left the home terrified by the days to come. I would have never even thought to take walks alone in a foreign city or eat alone at a restaurant. But still, I had to do it. Now, when I’m back home I can only say: I regret nothing. I am even happy I escaped the routine and I had the chance to try new things. So dare to do the unexpected, who knows, you might just enjoy it.