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Thursday, 30 July 2020 13:02

10 Tips And Tricks For Making Work-From-Home A Long Term Reality

Author:  [Source: This article was published in forbes.com By John Brandon]

Looks like we’re going to be working at home for a few more months. The coronavirus is not abating at all (in fact, cases are rising) and in my area there are no signs that office buildings will be opening any time soon. As someone who has worked from home for many years, I’ve found a few tips that have made everything run smoother, especially when there are no other options. 

1. Get a really powerful laptop

My first and best tip is to think seriously about replacing your laptop. I’m testing out a MacBook Pro right now, and it is a game-changer for me because it’s my primary system at home and when I leave the office for temporary work sessions somewhere else. This system has one of the clearest and brightest displays I’ve seen and the keyboard is a joy for typing. 

2. Find a second place to work

One key for success while working from home is to actually leave home once in a while. This is tricky for me. My favorite coffee-shop near my house only has a drive-through for now and even the patio area is closed. One trick I found is to work at a campsite. I used the Tentrr app recently and worked for several days at a remote campground. I loved being so private and yet sleeping in a real bed (in a tent, no less).

 

3. Splurge for a really good keyboard

At home, I use the Apple Magic Keyboard which has helped me type faster. It’s a bit more expensive compared to the bargain bin models, but when I can type faster it means I am more productive and have time for other things. I also use a Lenovo full-sized keyboard (KU-0225) because I like the larger keys.

4. Stop texting from your phone

There’s no reason to text from your phone when you are at home. I love the Messages app because I can type my texts on a real keyboard (sent through my iPhone), which is way faster. This is possible on many Windows laptops and desktops these days, including an HP EliteOne 800 model I’m testing.

5. Use apps to remind you not to work

I’ve written before about the Forest app and still use it. It helps me stay attuned to my computer usage. Mindfulness apps help you stay focused while you work and break you out of a work mode using reminders and prompts. Experts say intentional scheduling is the best way to avoid working too many hours at home.

6. Change your task lighting

Lighting impacts your mood while you work, and you can’t rely on a string of sunny days (as I write this, there’s a dark cloud moving into my area) for productivity. I like the Dyson Lightcycle models because you can adjust the color and intensity using an app. It’s a task lamp I can use for reading, signing contracts, or just sitting and doing nothing in what seems like bright sunlight.

7. Stand up once in a while

I’ve mentioned how I’m a big fan of standing desks a few times before. I use a Teknion model that adjusts to a standing height with a quick lever pull. During the pandemic, it’s nice to be able to stand up and make phone calls, then sit for longer typing sessions when I really need to focus. The up-and-down gives me more pep.

8. Eat differently

One key to success has to do with what you eat. At home, it’s tempting to choose sugary foods and snacks as a way to motivate you and build energy. It doesn’t work. I like the company Freshly because you can pick meals that are filling and healthy at the same time. The meals arrive ready to heat up.

9. Write in a journal

Here’s an interesting tip from someone who has journaled for the last 20 years almost daily (minus the days I forget). Starting your day by writing out your thoughts and plans is wise because it settles your mind. I like the Kairos journal, the new Rocketbook smart notebooks, and I’m looking forward to testing the new Remarkable 2 tablet because it feels exactly like writing on real paper.

10. Use a personal whiteboard

I also like using personal whiteboards — I have two at my desk right now — because I can jot down notes easily. Fluidstance just introduced a new model called the Slope. Few of us need actual whiteboards mounted on a wall to brainstorm ideas, but if you’re in a Zoom call everyone can whiteboard together.

[Source: This article was published in forbes.com By John Brandon - Uploaded by the Association Member: Issac Avila]

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