Working from home may become compulsory for many workers in the wake of the Corona virus and it’s important to make sure you set yourself up properly, look after yourself and plan your day.
Here's a few tips for those being encouraged to work from home recently: you're working from home, not Mars. Interacting with other (non-infected) people during the day is allowed, even if they're not your work colleagues.
Often known as a 'stand up' in AGILE organisations, it's important to check-in with your team and this can be carried out effectively using three standard questions that many will be familiar with:
This will help you all identify what remote meetings need to be set up, and given the circumstances may even raise some blockers that would not normally be considered - and may require some out-of-the-box thinking to accomodate.
Keep track of tasks and collaborate with your colleagues through tools like Microsoft Planner or Trello that allow the whole team to share progress, this is often a create tool to update in the morning catch up.
Your setup at home is extremely important, if you already work from home occassionally then you may already have desk setup and a routine to keep your sanity in check:
Working remotely can be more productive than an office environment if you are disciplined and not easily distracted. It's crucial to keep focus but it's as important to look after your physical and mental health - interact, talk, move, get out, eat well, be well.