Dealing with self solation: How have you been getting through your days? Any tips?
I think the most important thing these days is staying in touch with family and friends on the phone. Catching up with business pals you won’t be seeing for a while is key. I love a spontaneous call; after all, we are all in this together. And, watching Netflix’s Tiger King and Ozark has become essential!
Working from home: How have you had to adapt to working from home?
Like the rest of the world, doing a lot more face to face video conference calls has become the new norm. Especially with design questions where key decisions are being made- I have to really see it to comment.
Have you had to deal with any problems that you resolved with a specific solution?
Naturally, the toughest thing for me has been having to close my 3 showrooms until this whole ordeal passes. My staff is like family; and they know we are ready to re-open the minute we get the green light.
You can also give some advice to others that are working from home, everyone is in the same boat so any tips or tricks are always interesting!
Keeping in touch with my staff as much as possible with daily calls. Luckily, I have experience staying in touch remotely as I have a showroom/design team in Park City, Utah so they are all used to long-distance Barclay!
Any benefits from being stuck at home? Some people have found this time spent at home to drive creativity, production, family time and much more; have these new circumstances provided anything beneficial to your life? I guess you could say one thing really great that has come out of this situation is having the luxury of time to spend with my immediate family.
Adapting to change: How have you adapted to this new coronavirus world that we are living in?
The only thing any of us can do is take it day by day. You have to decide when you get up in the morning, that it is going to be a great day- and make it so!
Support: With so many communities coming together to support each other, have you seen anything that inspires you? Have you seen any causes that you are passionate about or happy to see?
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County is a non-profit that I support and they are doing great things in our community to donate their time and resources to successfully advocate for youth during this unique time. More info from their website directly related to CASA’s mission during COVID-19:
Children in the foster system face isolation every day, but even more so now with the stay at home policy in effect. In these uncertain times, the power of connection is the key to combating isolation. CASA volunteers are the providers of connection for these vulnerable youth in our community.
Cooking: Want to share a signature dish or something that you love to cook? Feel free to share a recipe and the steps it takes to make, we can even do a MensBook Instagram takeover to show the steps you take!
One word: DoorDash.
Wellness: Yoga, at-home workouts and self-care are becoming the new norms as people cannot go to their gyms, do you have any workout routines you now have to do at home?
I have to stay active. Besides going stir crazy my body is used to being on the go, go go. Long walks are essential and I do push-ups and other toning exercises at home.
Any/ all: You can also make an all-encompassing piece that touches upon some of the above ideas, you can even touch upon anything else that wasn’t listed above but you feel to be important.
I just think it’s really important to be kind to each other. Up your patience level, try not to judge people. We are all under pressure, but at the end of the day, it is not a nuclear war. We’ll get through this!