5 tips to survive working from home without going coco-corona - and how you'll be more productive than ever
COVID-19 shows we are still a socially dependent species despite globalisation and the impact of the digital economy on our lives.
Indeed, I’ve been surprised that so many people have found working from home quite confronting. Remote working has become increasingly popular in recent years and we rely far less on in-person contact for most daily transactions today, even basic communications.
That it’s been such a shock to the system reinforces that the need for human connection is still as strong as ever.
Five years ago, I began working from home as a communications consultant after decades of working in fast-paced and highly social newsrooms and offices.
In those frantic times gone by, I yearned for a moment of silence to be able to attend to the task at hand without being interrupted.
In the home office, with only the dog for company, I have craved such human interaction.
As a sociable person, it took me some time to adapt to the situation and to find my mojo in the home workspace. But I have.
However, many of the millions of people world-wide who have found themselves in isolation have barely had time to gather their belongings from the office for their new start.
In the blink of an eye, their work and domestic lives have crashed into one.
So, how do you make the most of the situation now? How do you give yourself the best start? How do you deal with distractions? And how can you keep a work mindset?
Here’s five insights from what I’ve learned from working at home:
Stuart Howie is a communications and media consultant. He runs Flame Tree Media and is the author of The DIY Newsroom. Stuart has worked in media and publishing for more than 30 years as an executive, editor and strategist.