If you’re like a lot of people I know, you’ve long wished for flex time and the freedom to work from home. But our current situation brings to mind one of those bargains with the devil you see in movies, where you ask for flex time, and then the devil is like: You’ve got it! And so does every other human being on earth…who’s not yet hospitalized! You’ll all be working from home! Hahahahaha [devilish laugh…]
Things are scary.
We’re in unknown territory, and this is a life or death situation for so many people.
But things are also frustrating, boring, overwhelming, and enervating.
We’re (mostly) healthy people who suddenly need to deal with a lot more time and a lot less structure than most of us have ever experienced.
World: To have a successful WFH day, start your day with a shower, coffee, go outside, get some exercise. Have a nice morning and treat it like a normal workday.
Me: Wakes up 4 minutes before my first call.
— Jack Altman (@jaltma) March 11, 2020
When COVID-19 started hitting closer to home, and, like everyone else, I started feeling the anxiety, I thought, my work is so useless in times like these!
But then I realized: The tools I teach in the Creative Focus Workshop are all about setting clear priorities, planning your time based on what works for you, and making sure your most important jobs are what happen first.
Rather than focusing on creating a tenuous work/life balance, these tools help you integrate work and life in a way that works for you. This is especially important when you’re working from home and find yourself without the pre-set boundary of an office or co-working space.
In other words: exactly what we all need right now.
So, I decided to put together this resource page with a selection of the most useful blog posts on how to triage your work, make solid decisions about what’s most important, build habits that will keep you on track, and design projects that are manageable and achievable.