Tips for those working from home Monday

Posted on March 16, 2020

As someone who has worked from home on and off over the last 18 years, I want to share a few tips for those who may be doing this for the first time this week, and might be concerned about their level of productivity.

Turn you ringer on.

Without the hustle and bustle of folks moving and communicating around you, you might find that it is actually easier to slip into a groove in your tasking and therefore forget about that 10am you had scheduled. Turning your ringer on can help you with that auditory notification and at the very least, a colleague can break you out of your rhythm by calling you or texting you a reminder.

Make your bed.

But first, get up on time. Carry out your morning routine as normal. This includes making your bed (assuming you actually do that every day – I have faith in you). Take every step that you would take in your normal work day at home before you would embark on your normal fucking work day.

Take a lunch.

Again, you are going to find that it might be EASIER to slip into that groove with whatever it is you do if you without folks interrupting you. Often you might work straight through lunch. Don’t. At 4 or 5pm, that decision will haunt you. You need that lunch both mentally and physically to finish your day out strong. You are not a superhero. Eat.

If you have small children, don’t ignore them.

Yo, we are in 2020. We have connectivity almost anywhere. I worked from home when my son was a toddler and guess what? He didn’t give a shit what I was doing. He needed to go outside! Go outside in the  yard with him. You can totally be as productive professionally on the porch as you would be in your office. Your child needs you. Use technology to your benefit to tackle meetings and calls while pushing your kid on the swing. It’s doable.

Look, we’re gonna get through this. It’s what we do. Stay safe and be productive!