Hi Waypoint fam. With the Coronavirus causing lots of companies to close up shop or move to an entirely virtual workplace, I was wondering if y’all had some best practices or tips to make working from home doable and livable. Here are a few I’ve picked up (partially inspired by the 3/13 episode of Waypoint Radio):
- Log off: Seriously. Turn off your computer and stop working. It’s all too easy to stare at your computer thinking “I wasn’t as productive as I could have been today; I can keep going” or “I could just leave Slack open and be available.” If you are not working, do not work.
- Figure out how you work best: Do you work best in silence? Tunes? Live rock concert? Endeavor to set yourself up to work in the environment in which you work best. I am fortunate to live by myself in an area that is more or less silent (minus the geese), so I have pretty fine control over my relative noise environment. Pro tip: Electronic music with no words will keep you from having an impromptu karaoke session (although those aren’t discouraged).
- Move: About once per hour or so. Stand up. Take a lap around your domicile. Use the bathroom. Get some water. Pro tip: I have two reusable water bottles going at any given time. One on my desk and one in my fridge. When you run out, refill your desk bottle and swap it out for your fridge bottle.
- If you are sick, do not work: I am still bad at this. But if you are dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, you should only be online long enough to explain why you’re going back to bed.
Who else has some tips?