How to survive working from home

Wizard, wishing it could be Christmas everyday

Invest in your set-up

My home office set-up with a sitting and standing desk

Invest in the right remote tools

Remote first tools such as Mural can make a real difference when working from home

Re-work your schedule

Separate work and home time

I’m in the lucky position of having a garden office which is physically separate from my home

Take regular breaks and exercise

Tools like Recess for Mac can regularly remind you to take an all-important break

Re-evaluate your working practices

Balance online and offline collaboration

Over communicate (but don’t go crazy)

Proactively socialise

Recap

  • Investing in your set-up — I can’t emphasise enough how important a good broadband connection, desk, chair, webcam and monitor are when working from home.
  • Investing in the right remote tools — Utilise remote first tools such as Miro, Mural, Figma and Slack.
  • Re-work your schedule — Don’t fall into the trap of following your old office schedule.
  • Separate work and home time — Create a clear separation between home time and work time.
  • Take regular breaks and exercise — Take breaks every 20–30 mins. Find time for exercise to increase your activity during the day.
  • Re-evaluate your working practices — Think about what changes you need to make to your working practices. Don’t make the mistake of working from home the way you used to work from the office.
  • Balance online and offline collaboration — Find the right balance of online (synchronous) and offline (asynchronous) collaboration.
  • Over communicate — Ramp up the level of communication when working from home to compensate for the lack of face-to-face contact.
  • Proactively socialise — Make time to meetup with colleagues online and find time for fun activities.

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Neil Turner

Neil Turner

Former techy turned UX Jedi from the UK. Checkout out my blog (UX for the Masses) for more about me.