Many of you are suddenly finding yourselves working from home. I have worked remotely for over seven years, here are five tricks that have worked for me.
- Find Your Own Space – The most important factor for me is to find my own space. Don’t work from the dining room table. I once worked on a patio table at a farmhouse. When you are done working for the day, the last thing you want to do is to clean off your work space.
- Prioritize Your Network Connection – You are probably not the only one at home right now. That means others in your home may be streaming movies or playing games online. Configuring your router to give your work machine higher priority will minimize your disruptions.
- Two Screens are Better than One – If you can avoid it do not work from your laptop alone. Connect an external monitor or use a HDMI connection to connect to a TV. Forcing yourself to focus on a small screen all day is going to tire you out. These days I run three 28” monitors and my laptop screen.
- Close the Door – Remember and remind others that you are working and should not be interrupted. If the house phone or doorbell rings, don’t answer it. If you were in the office no one would be there to answer the phone or the door. But when you need a little break, open the door. Call it your “Remote Work Open Door Policy.”
- Leave Work – Find a way to close off your workspace at the end of the day. If you can’t close the door, cover you workspace with a sheet. Out of sight is literally out of mind.
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