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Home / Work

We are all adjusting to new arrangements as we work during the pandemic. Some are working at home for the first time, others are now sharing established remote working spaces with other household members. Many are juggling multiple roles and/or supporting remote learning. All of this is occurring in the context of uncertainty and disruption.
 
So, how are people managing? Where are they working from? What are the struggles and benefits? Where do they find moments of invention and generosity?

Remote working – A graduate’s perspective

Remote working – A graduate’s perspective

Nikita Bhopti describes her professional growth while in isolation, from managing her digi-presence to developing alternative methods of collaboration, and celebrating successes.
Everyday mindfulness

Everyday mindfulness

What strategies are you using to lift your spirits and maintain mental wellbeing? Nicole Mesquita-Mendes reflects on her commitment to daily meditation.
Unsettling times

Unsettling times

Writer Deborah Singerman has worked from home for more than a decade, but has found the restrictions of lockdown very unsettling.
Memories of past challenges

Memories of past challenges

Loata Ho describes her workspace in isolation, the challenges of lockdown life, her research interest in Indigenous Fijian women’s knowledge, and her experiences after the 2008 economic downturn.
Student life in the age of COVID-19

Student life in the age of COVID-19

Fifth-year University of Adelaide architecture student Georgie Warren shares the comforts and struggles of lockdown life.
The importance of ‘third spaces’

The importance of ‘third spaces’

Sole practitioner Sarah Hobday-North was already adept at working from home, but she misses the support of ‘third spaces’, such as cafes, libraries, museums and playgrounds.
Heading home

Heading home

Settled back in to her family home during the COVID-19 crisis, Sarah Ackland has enjoyed many aspects of lockdown life – time with family, long runs, life drawing and reading freely.
Engagement at a local and global level

Engagement at a local and global level

Grace Choi has found that lockdown life has opened up unexpected opportunities to engage more globally as well as to build strong connections in her local community.  
Strategic planning and time to think

Strategic planning and time to think

Working from home has given Katelin Butler more time to focus on strategic planning, and to consider the important takeaways from this critical moment in time.
Clean desks and flashbacks to corporate clients

Clean desks and flashbacks to corporate clients

As the world narrows, Sue Wittenoom is learning to share her work-from-home spaces and have a clean desk before dinner.
Home / Work

Home / Work

Our new series asks the Parlour community to share stories of Home / Work as we all suddenly adjust to new working arrangements. Find out how to contribute here.
Connection and imagination

Connection and imagination

Fiona Tribe has been working from home for many years. The pandemic has revealed that this was, nonetheless, very social. The lockdown has meant finding others ways to connect.
Working from home – amazing!

Working from home – amazing!

Reduced stress, no commute, daily savings and increased productivity – working from home has been an amazing experience for Melissa Daniel.
Doing your Home / Work

Doing your Home / Work

For Brisbane-based Emma Healy, Covid-19 isolation has brought clarity about the things that matter the most.
New routines and tangible creative outlets

New routines and tangible creative outlets

Diana Jones is keeping everything on track by applying tried and tested tactics – routine and planning, lists of tasks and objectives, and plenty of creative pursuits.
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