Today marked the end of my sixth week of working exclusively from home. Here are my takeaways from week six:
- Focus – I wasn’t as focused this week. I think having to stay in the same environment while I did a bunch of different things caught up with me. I’m more productive when I work on different tasks in different environments (for instance, by walking to another part of my office building). Since I can’t do that, I’m planning to focus on just one or two things a day next week.
- Zoom fatigue – Last week, I wrote about how I started talking with folks on the phone so I could walk around. Since then, I’ve read an article about Zoom fatigue, which struck a chord. That’s me—a victim of Zoom fatigue. I’ll start having even more walking phone conversations.
- Time blocks – I’m now working on things requiring serious uninterrupted concentration after 3:30 p.m.
The sixth week wasn’t as tough as week five or six, but even so it was no walk in the park. My big takeaway from this week is that I should try harder to be self-aware. What’s working? What isn’t? And why? I suspect I’ll be making small adjustments every week for the foreseeable future.
I continue to learn from this unique situation, adjust as necessary, and share my experience.