WFH Grind & Productivity Hacks

Hey all,

Been experimenting with my WFH situation and I'm looking for any advice or tips from the community.

Big struggles for me:
- I definitely waste more time on social media / reddit at home. Also, first few days, I left the TV on. Big mistake
- Pain in the ass to have to give all turns via email or call; used to like walking over to cubes to discuss a markup in person
- My printer crapped out after ~2 weeks of heavy use lol
- Since my bosses have to manage their kids during the day, I feel like they care less about our personal time at night (this is somewhat balanced out by dealflow being nonexistent)

What's worked:
- I work at my kitchen table and moved TV to bedroom (smallish apt); try to keep table clear and free from distractions
- Try to limit phone time to when I'm taking breaks
- Dual monitors

Anyone else got pointers? This is a new situation for all of us, and I'm open to suggestions

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Apr 3, 2020 - 12:42pm

This is a good topic. Personally, my approach is a bit different from yours. In the office I had a lot of downtime that I couldn't take advantage of, because people would have viewed it as slacking off... now i'm free to get a workout in or watch some netflix

What's worked:
- I try to start the day with calisthenics (might as well get in better shape if I'm stuck at home)
- I like working on my couch with some background show on, but in the afternoon I'll move to my bedroom to get some sun
- Try to be as efficient as possible (reusing precedents, Logointern for logos, etc)
- My bosses do have more night requests (as OP pointed out), but generally seem less eager for unlimited turns

What hasn't worked:
- Hiding my phone (I'd go grab it after ~30 min; also I need to be reachable)
- Letting the doggo on the couch with me
- Getting caught distracted on multiple conference calls :(

Apr 3, 2020 - 12:52pm

Agree with most of these. I've also been on the calisthenics train.

Logo intern has been a big time saver. Colleague sent it to me the other day...

Biggest thing for me has been taking more frequent breaks and enjoying the more relaxed work schedule. Sounds simple, but it definitely took me a week+ to settle into the new rhythm

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Apr 3, 2020 - 1:11pm

wake up early go to bed early

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Apr 4, 2020 - 8:48pm
  • make the bed. Well. Admiral McRaven was absolutely right.
  • create a physical structure for productive work. For me, pre-corona that means paying a lot for a co-working space, but it's worth it, especially since I have an adorable 5 year old boy who wants to play with daddy. Now during corona times that would mean an extra monitor for your laptop, good quality mouse, and an ipad for document consumption. It also means a quiet area in the house to work in.

  • I schedule phone calls to a window, but it's difficult to do

  • if you are going to go on social media or porn use it as a break/reward system, like 10 minutes reward for 50 minutes of focused work

  • make sure to schedule in human interaction that is non-work. Otherwise you'll flip your differential

  • get on an exercise and healthy food routine - which is consistent in content and timing. I do a 1pm workout for 25 minutes, pushups, planks, burpees. I find it energizes the latter half of the day. Sometimes I get in a 20 minute morning workout which does the same in terms of pumping blood and energy into the first half-day. I eat clean, whole food plant based, no sugar, no oil, no animal products, minimal salt

  • I use a checklist, and cross even mundane sh*t off. It gamifies productivity.

  • I tell others what I'm going to do, and ask them to hold me accountable. Shame is my friend.

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Apr 4, 2020 - 8:55pm

Plant based diets are the move. I second that. Also, even just 20 minutes of exercise boosts energy & focus

Apr 5, 2020 - 7:36pm

Thanks man. It's not been perfect. I'm still trying to calibrate. My weight shrank a fair bit and my cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure went down, and protein went up. But I've not lost as much weight as I had hoped, and still trying to reduce weight. So I'm still trying to figure out the diet thing better. We can DM and exchange ideas if this is an area of interest.

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:02pm

Try adding intermittent fasting to your plant based diet. I've been doing IF for nearly 18 months and really noticed the health benefits and definitely the increase in energy. But never lost any decent weight until I introduced a plant based diet


Apr 4, 2020 - 11:54pm

For me it's actually quite difficult to concentrate. I'd much rather be out in the world doing / meeting / physically active than jockeying a computer. This has been a continued area of challenge in an office environment or at home. I've tried Pomodoro Technique and other tricks, but it is difficult to figure out how to keep my jackrabbit brain from jumping around. Anyone got ideas? I have tried downloading 'concentration mustic' MP3s off of Youtube. i'm open to suggestions.

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