Being wired and well equipped with all the productivity tools is very important as well as having a routine that works for my personal style and needs. I have been successfully working from home 50-75% of the time over the last several years, when not traveling. I believe I am most productive without commute times from my Port Orchard home which is across Puget Sound from the city and it’s quiet and peaceful over here!
My husband also works from home (in his own space) and we have very different environments and routines. Mostly we keep to ourselves unless we share lunch or, of course, if there is an emergency – like we are out of coffee!
get up early (5-6 am)
Shower and dress comfortably
Makeup and hairstyling - especially if video calls (don’t judge)
Bulletproof Coffee in the important Yeti mug with lid (stays hot for 2 hours)
15 minute “headspace” meditation in my easy chair
Journal – gratitude and life goals – 10 mins
Review daily meeting schedule
7:30 Close office door with sign posted
Mid am break: (10 am ish – 15 minute)
Light breakfast – avocado toast or cottage cheese and fruit
More coffee, put in a load of laundry or clean up dishes
Lunch: Schedule 30-45 mins daily time depending on schedule
Typically eat leftovers that I can microwave
Eat at kitchen table - not in my office
Take a walk outside now or later in the day
After my last meeting:
Leave my office and only go back in if required in order to separate work from family time
Go outside and walk or go to Barre class, sometimes both – need a nature fix – rain or shine!
Go to bed before 9 pm
Technology & Equipment
Wireless KB and mouse
External web cam (logi)
Hi speed internet
Bluetooth speaker for music
Furniture and Accessories:
Desk with adjustable height so can stand or sit
Special chair (saddle) with wheels
Comfy sitting chair
Personal photos of vacations and art on the walls personalized to my likes and doesn’t feel too much like an office. I like being in my office!
Floor lamp (to keep overhead light off)
Stay tuned for more X-People sharing their stories about working from home during the COVID-19 and we'll love to hear your stories and best practises out there as well.