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Cloudical: Let’s share pictures of our lifes. We start by sharing images of mugs. 🙂
I love those small little things. They ensure we stay in sync and within a living community.
To successfully work from home, I follow some simple rules allowing me to stay focused and productive.
Silence all acustical notifications Disallow all optical notifications Work, Meetings and Time-Boxings
Make a To-Do-List and work accordingly Don’t be frustrated if you don’t get all tasks done from your list – review them, schedule them for the next day, adjust Don’t do back-to-back-meetings Keep time-boxings for meetings Turn your camera on and focus on the meeting Take notes Breaks
Take regular breaks (like 5mins every hour) Allow yourself to get distracted once in a while, don’t punish yourself for it – in the end, we’re all humans, aren’t we? Get outside, when the weather allows for it, walk around, enjoy the nature Infrastructure
Invest in your infrastructure – if not already present, buy a good monitor, a good keyboard and perhaps (although currently overpriced as hell) a good webcam Invest in your meeting equipment – if not already present, buy a comfy headset, don’t use in-ears for longer meetings Invest in your interactive equipment – buy a good keyboard and a good mouse Invest in your working zone – get a good desk and a professional chair Family-Life
If your significant other is working from home as well, then use separate rooms, if possible If your kids are at home, then don’t punish them for being kids – just take the time for them, involve them, give them tasks if necessary, introduce them, wrap your day around them Take your time for your family
I try to work and live according to these rules. To me, this works out.
Hope, it does for you as well.
The past days, I was re-activating and refitting my old iMac, allowing me to work on a big screen. In parallel, I also moved some other equipment, such as an additional monitor, a professional microphone, a way more comfortable chair and a bigger desk to my new workplace.
I have to say, I’m quite happy with this arrangement. It allows for professional work, and I still have some room left. I need to do something in regard to the blank wall behind, but that is an additional step.
Cool. I’m settled! 🙂