May the Fourth Be with You… During Quarantine

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Eileen Policarpio

Sr. Manager, PR and Corporate Communications

We get it… we’re living in unprecedented times (how many times have you heard this verse uttered in the past six weeks?). And it feels like we’re living in a galaxy far, far away, where this new normal requires us to change the way we typically do things, from leisure activities to our everyday jobs. The global effort to stay home as much as possible is taking a toll on us all. What used to be considered a nuisance – shopping for groceries or running errands – is now a luxury we long for. 

While many cities around the world alter their orders to be less restrictive over the coming weeks, safety and health must remain our number one priority. So, here are five ways to make work from home and shelterinplace life a bit more tolerable. 

Standing Desk/Portable Workstations 

If you haven’t transformed the dining room table or spare bedroom into a home office yet, now’s the perfect time! With many companies now equipped to run a remote workforce, it’s likely you’ll work from home more than before, even after offices open back up. There are tons of standing desks available online or you can even put together a makeshift one using household items or spare droid parts lying around…after all, we are all a little more creative during quarantine! Creating portable workstations that can move from room to room is a great way to enforce a productive work/school environment.  

Online Classes, Lessons, and Tutorials 

Interested in learning another language like Spanish, French, Shyriiwook, or Ewokese? Or cooking a meal worthy of a spot on the holiday menu? Or maybe taking a page out of Darth Vader’s playbook and making masks for your family or local community? The good news is you can do all these things from the comfort of your own home. There are tons of online classes, videos, tutorials, etc. for you to participate in at your own convenience.  

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom   

You can still be social while social distancing. There are a variety of communication tools (both paid and free) that can connect colleagues, family, and friends so they can still gather, albeit virtually, to celebrate and socialize. After all, if Luke and Darth Vader can use the force to speak from a distance, we can certainly use apps like Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and House Party to host company all-hands, workout sessions, happy hours, baby showers, or birthdays. 

Unplug and Enjoy 

How about going back in time to an era where streaming, smart devices, and (gasp!) the Internet didn’t exist? Though it may seem like a long time ago, there are plenty of things to do that don’t involve technology. Sign off to signal the end of your workday and pick up a book you’ve been wanting to read, play a game of Sabacc, sow the seeds you’ve been meaning to plant, or send postcards to friends you’ve been thinking about. 

Join a Virtual Event  

Is there an event that you’re interested in attending? Check out the website because there’s a good chance it’s being offered virtually. Online conferences and virtual events are the perfect way to keep your brain sharp or enjoy your favorite characters without running up T&E. You can learn to spend a few hours or days finding ways to increase productivity and efficiency and still make it to dinner with your family every night. In fact, join us on June 17-18 for Reimagine 2020, our free virtual event for modern age Quote-to-Cash and Contract Management. Or check out Star Wars Day hosted by ReedPop and the New York ComicCon organization.  

Yes, times have changed, and it may be a while before things go back to ‘normal.’ But as the brave and resilient Shmi Skywalker says, “You can’t stop the change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting.(Why couldn’t Anakin take after his mother?) 

In the meantime, if you’re interested in brushing up on your Quote-to-Cash and Contract Management knowledge, check out our Resource Center. 

May the Force be With You. Always.

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