Learnings from two years of Work From Home
As more and more companies are inviting the employees back to the office, I felt it would be worthwhile to note down the things that helped me while working remotely.
I'll keep this brief and to the point.
Things that made a huge difference:
- Having a dedicated room for working, namely the working room and avoiding sleeping in the working room.
- Identifying and fixing the echo problem in the working room.
- Using very good to great ergonomics while using laptops all day long.
- Blocking an hour or two for physical activity and following the exact timelines across days.
- Tracking the time spent doing office work almost everyday. I know this is a laborious process, but it has helped me understand if I was working overtime or less time.
- Intentionally put off checking work-related apps during the free time.
- Creating slight friction for opening office devices.
- Using the BlockSite extension and scheduling it to turn on during office times.
- Maintaining secondary Wi-Fi in case of power cuts.
Things I have invested in but wasn't mandatory
- Earphones or headphones with a great mic.
Things I didn't do but would have helped
- Having a friend who is also working fully remote in the next room. (co-working space would have been a great thing).
- Hiring professionals to transform the working room with boring walls into a creative space.
- Professional lighting setup as YouTubers have.
With these learnings well documented, I'm sure I'll be able to move back to complete WFH setup if a need arises! :)
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