Is this *another* article about how to work-from-home? No. It’s an article *about* all the articles.
The current glut of ‘how to work from home’ content comes from a place of generosity.
People want to be helpful, and this is a time when helping matters.
Currently, there are two camps of workers online:
- people who have been working from home for a significant period of time, and have figured out a few things; and
- people who are suddenly working from home, and trying to figure things out.
For those of us with plenty of experience in remote work, we want to share, and we want to help. But when you look at the volume of ‘here’s my 10 tips for working from home’ articles coming out right now, it can be fatiguing.
(even when we contribute to the noise ourselves)
Over on Twitter (come say hi) this subject has been the butt of a lot of jokes this week.
But just because we know something already, and we get tired of seeing it, it doesn’t change this fact:
Right now, there are more newly-remote workers, suddenly working from home, than at any other point in human history.
The need for practical tips on how to work from home has become overwhelming.
So lots of people are stepping up, and sharing what they know.
Including me. Here’s 10 short videos I made:
Now, I don’t want to just add useless noise on this subject. However, I do happen to know a few things beyond the average remote worker.
I’ve been working from home for more than ten years, sure.
But more importantly, I have managed distributed teams across multiple time zones and continents.
This has taught me some valuable lessons, like:
- How to foster clear communication between remote members of a distributed team
- How to schedule periods of deep vs shallow work to allow for interruptions at the best of times
- How to balance parenting your kids with working from your dining room table
- How to set up your environment, your equipment, and your energy for maximum productivity
Whether I talk with newbies or experienced remote workers, my practical techniques for communication and productivity get good results.
I’m collecting these techniques into a free Masterclass, called ‘Work From Home Like A Boss.’
During this free 1-hour live Masterclass, I will teach you:
- The impact of posture and placement on your productivity
- Clear and consistent boundaries that create respect
- The importance of regular status updates for planning and review with the chain of command
- Matching the medium to the message with synchronous and asynchronous communication
- The speed of stress and the requirements of relaxation
- The difference between thinking and doing, and how to schedule time for both
I am confident that when I contribute more material to this conversation, it is for good reason. This pandemic, this quarantine, and this major shift in our economy need us to bring our best.
I can help you become a better worker, communicating better with to your team, and improve the balance between your work life and your home life.
Register for my upcoming Masterclass, ‘Work From Home Like A Boss,’ and I’ll teach you a thing or two.
There is no cost to attend. Register here.