If you are anything like me, you are improvising an alternative work lifestyle by having brought the business administration home, and the conduct of business (as much as possible) fully online with all those great tools that we formerly considered “options.” They are now the life-blood for business continuity: screen-face-to-screen-face, conference calling and dozens of Internet tools and applications!
Being confined to our homes in a Pandemic, and requiring them to pinch hit as our business bases, presents very real challenges – not just to us as businesspersons, but to our living companions and families. Some of us are playing “catch-up” on home and yard projects that we used to squeeze into weekends and holiday time. And, that’s gotta be a good thing! Sooner or later, however that, too, gets old; or we get so caught up that boredom can set in.
When the reality of the Pandemic hit home, some of you had been contemplating some aspect of work on your Interior space. As with many projects already in motion, or in the “installation phase,” our project with you had to come to a pause. Subs, reps, crews, installers, suppliers and many other Interior design project participators had their work stop while continuity solutions could be strategized.
Projects underway and projects anticipated had to enter a period of reconsideration. That’s where “Confinement Can Become A Positive Tool!” comes in. One by one, I, other Interior design professionals and other professionals in related venues, had to take a look at which aspects in each project had aspects that could continue on track even under these dire circumstances. For projects underway, aspects requiring close interaction with other skills and talents have been put on hold, indefinitely. Any work not involving physical contact and exposure continues to roll!
Here are some suggestions for those of you who were in that investigative preliminary phase – not quite ready to launch -- when the crisis set in. You are confined in place, so why not use this valuable time to focus closely on all areas of the Interior environment that you have been considering for revision, refreshment, remodel, expansion or new construction. Indulge in fresh, unpressured thought. Look at your past “decisions” as if they were really just “decisions to decide later,” and re-visit them! Without the pressures and schedules of normal circumstances, use some of this situation to go over your plan.
Our Interior design services, and that of my venue colleagues, are up and running, appropriately modified and available to you. Except for the goofy way those online face-to-face meetings make us look, we are carrying on with innovation and productivity. We are as close as email, text, snail mail or funny face electronic images.
Meanwhile – stay home, take care on those essential trips and don’t give up on the light at the end of this awful tunnel!
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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