54 Tips for Working from Home
I was just sent this great resource on working from home from the team at Groove. I guess lots of you folk are working from home at the moment, more so than usual. They sent me 47 tips, I've added 7 more, please add your tips in the comments below!
Our UNA team are fully remote, and we all work from home (or elsewhere) for ages - we love it, and are super productive as well.
I've added a few of my tips based on my experience of working from home here:
Mark Purser - COO - UNA.io
1. Know your best times.
I am super productive in the morning, between 8am - 12pm my mind is focussed and sharp and I can power out lots of detailed admin and creative work. I try and keep my meetings out of this time and I refuse to socialise in this time because it is too valuable. The great thing about working from home is that you can work out a schedule that suits your life, so take advantage of that, find your flow and adapt a working life to suit that.
2. Know your teams times
We have times at UNA when we are all online, it's usually in my evening but I reserve that time for work as I know how effective it is when we are all online working through issues together.
3. Get into your community, get some exercise.
Maybe not an option for some of you at the moment, but working from home comes with the risk of us becoming isolated - take time each day, get outdoors, I often like to go out for lunch and eat dinner at home. I ride my bike around, go surfing, I also teach yoga which is very social. I also love talking to clients via Zoom and you guys on UNA.IO!
4.Change your Location, but have a Location
I often pick up my laptop and work from a cafe for an hour or two - usually just to focus on a specific task - but I also have a workstation at home, with a decent chair and elevated screen, which is my sanctuary.
If we are working from home, why not make that home in a beautiful place? I love to travel and have worked on the road. Working whilst travelling can be really challenging, I will always buy a local SIM so I have internet on demand, and usually like to go somewhere and set up for a few weeks, relax into the vibe of the place and establish an effective workflow as well. Too much movement from place to place can be stressful, I've found travelling every day whilst trying to work is a total shit-show.
Our CTO Alex T⚜️ is the King or AirBnB - (also travelling with a baby!) so he might have some good tips here as well...
5. Eat well!
I love cooking and eating great food, I will often slow cook food whilst working at home, taking a break to prepare ingredients and give things a stir. I also have a veggie garden at home, another great practice to balance my mind - cheaper than therapy, and I get tomatoes! Long hours in front of a computer screen can be heavy on the system, we need to counter this with some super healthy practices as well.
6. Meditation and Yoga
These practices are invaluable to my routine, I will stretch everyday, often practice pranayama as a short break to settle my mind, and swear by the practice of yoga nidra as a technique to reset and refresh during a busy day.
7. Keep Lists
One thing that working from home will enforce is getting disciplined and organised. There are lots of great tools for mapping and managing productivity - we use and love Teamwork for our Project Management - but I am a big fan of a handwritten task list. I write up a task list every Monday morning and joyfully tick things off when they are completed. It is retro and rudimentary, but it works for me!
The good folk from Groove share some of their tips via the blog below. Do any of you have more tips that might help? Please share in the comments, I would love to hear them.