Like many of you, working from home the past year or more has had its share of challenges and unexpected delights.
For instance, school is out for the summer, the pool is set up, and the house smells like sunscreen and sweat. Maintaining focus while wet little feet stomp about in the hallway, antagonizing the dogs, and asking for lemonade slushies is challenging.
Here's a few quick observations that have worked (somewhat) well for me in balancing the challenges and delights of working from home.
Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan
The few minutes at the beginning of the day (or the evening prior, just before logging off) to articulate the three major tasks you need to accomplish are vital. Writing down the highest priorities, then attacking them first helps ensure that whatever interruptions come (and they will come) won't capsize your day.
All the data from our impromptu global WFH experiment suggests that we're working more hours, processing more messages and logging off less than ever. The lines defining regular business hours have been smudged beyond recognition for many of us. As such - assuming you don't have an overreaching remote manager requiring butt-in-seat 24/7 - take that impromptu moment to make meaningful connections with your family, your children, yourself, or your dog. That 2:18pm walk-around-the-block with the pupper is counterbalanced by the 8:10pm Slack message. Be flexible.
Articulate Your Why
As the concepts of "going to work" and "the office" got a divorce this past year, one piece of collateral damage was our sense of collective connection to each other and the mission. When you lose sight of the "why" and the "who" of our work, it's easier to let distractions become setbacks. If you're the leader, remember why you got into this business in the first place, and keep articulating that larger purpose to your team. Everyone benefits when we serve a cause larger than ourselves.
At Trellis Group, we believe chaos is the enemy of the small business. It's our mission to partner with small business owners and their teams to develop the managerial practices and processes to crush chaos. If you feel overwhelmed and need a proven system to focus on the next best thing, we can help. Companies who work with us see revenues go up, anxiety go down, and work becomes a force multiplier for good in the lives of your people. Reach out to discover how the Trellis Group can help you crush chaos.