Doris Yee12 months ago
Recently working at GOOD, I've initiated something with members on its Product Team called Eastside Shop Days (since a majority of us live on the east side of town). We do this one day out of the week, hosted at the home of a team player. Whether we are working on the same problem/project, we find a focused setting makes us problem-solve and produce more efficiently (if not faster). Think "clubhouse" or "shop".
We give ourselves a 1-hour lunch and a brief 15-minute break for coffee in the afternoon. Very rarely do I allow myself these breaks when I'm in-house (where I often feel confined and rushed).
Another way of looking at it, our homespace typically has a designated work area. If we flip that, why can't our workplace have a "home area"? So what would a "home area" look like in the office - what's that checklist?
- Quiet room(s) / Library
- Eating area(s) (food smells can be as distracting as chatter)
- Stretch area *
* When I work from home, I stretch my legs and arms at least every 20 minutes. The body should never lock itself down because aches easily impact both your mental and physical efficiency.
I recently gave a presentation that briefly commented on working remotely. My rule: If you do it, do it with at least one other person. Even if that person is not working on the same project, his or her presence will remind you that you're "at work".