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Working from Home
For those who are working from home, how are you making the best use of this situation? Anything that you've managed to spend more time on due to the quarantine?
03-26-2020 02:50 PM
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RE: Working from Home
My biggest suggestion? Standing desk. These things are friggin' awesome. Keeps me engaged, helps my posture, and burns some calories.

Now I know what you're thinking. These things are expensive. Yes. But I've got the solution.

IKEA has this standing desk for only $269:

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/skarsta-des...s89324812/

The catch? It's manual. Instead of an expensive electric motor system, you use a hand crank to adjust the height. It takes 30-60 seconds to move from sitting to standing, but who cares? It's not that difficult and saves you a bunch of money.

Highly recommend

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03-26-2020 02:55 PM
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RE: Working from Home
I've been using an ab wheel a few times during the day.

For the most part, I've been able to focus on one project instead of jumping around from different project to different project. I prefer the latter, but focusing on one project has been nice because it's different.

I need to get out of my desk chair more and step outside.
03-26-2020 02:57 PM
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RE: Working from Home
I built myself a standing desk from wood and pipes. Couldn't even tell you how much it costs. $20 maybe? Assuming you've got a sander and drill and stuff or are willing to do it the hard way.
03-26-2020 02:57 PM
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RE: Working from Home
Desk towards the window, get some sunlight.

Change into normal working clothes.

Follow a to-do list.

Stick to listening to instrumental music and avoid podcasts and music with lyrics.

Start with creative work, move to mundane/routine work after lunch

And some slightly different, now that you're working from home:

Take a nap at noon

Do some exercise at early afternoon, return for one more hour of work
03-28-2020 05:25 PM
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RE: Working from Home
As a person who did a whole lot of home office before being quarentined, here are my tips:

-Excersise in the morning before working. I do not have a fixed schedule, so I can always snooze a bit more, or even start earlier. If i don't excercise, i generally skip breakfast.
-Shower early
-Im not a fan of dressing to work at home. I always have sweat pants and tshirts, but if it is good for you, then do it.
-Get a good office chair. Forget gaming chairs, they are expensive designer chairs, designed to look cool. They will break quicker than same priced office chairs and will not be as ergonomic.
-Make a to-do list.
-Make sure you have a proper desk/working space. The ikea Skarska, as mentioned here is a solid basic desk. Standing up is a must.
-If you have many conference calls, a bluetooth headset is also a must. Jabra Evolve 65 is a good standard. Walk around the room you're in.
-Make sure you use your breaks to go out of the door, even if is just up and down the stairs or to your balcony. If you can, go and walk around your block. Make sure at the end of the day you went out of your house.
-Don't think you will be able to cook lunch in time. Unless is something very basic you won't. If it involves cutting veggies, you wont. If its more complicated than a steak or pan fried eggs, just forget it. Just have it ready from the day before.
-Most important, if you do not live alone, when someone tries to interrupt, dont say a thing. Just make the phone hand gesture and point at your headset. For some reason, people think that if you're at home you are always available.
03-28-2020 05:50 PM
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RE: Working from Home
(03-28-2020 05:50 PM)Wreckingball Wrote:  -Exercise in the morning before working

I'm usually an afternoon lifter. Since starting WFH, I've been walking less because I'm not commuting/moving around the office as much. To fix this, I started going for an hour walk first thing in the morning. It's been a fantastic change and does make my day better. There's something to getting the blood flowing first thing that carries you all day.

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03-29-2020 08:17 AM
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RE: Working from Home
Monday, Wednesday and Friday I do a bodyweight exercise set before lunch. On the other days I go out for a 5 KM run. I make sure to take a 2-hour lunch break, to be able to clear my mind. Not having to commute is great!
03-29-2020 09:12 AM
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RE: Working from Home
Started Kettlebells
04-01-2020 12:32 PM
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RE: Working from Home
Been WFH for a few weeks now and have since calibrated my lifestyle to this new work environment. Here's what I've found so far that has helped:

- Go for a walk at lunch. Or exercise a few mornings a week. This can be nice if you live near a park or some form of greenery. If you don't, do it anyway. Getting out of the home office for an hour everyday gives your computer-strained eyes the rest they deserve. It's also therapeutic.

- Incorporate your social life into your work schedule. Have a friend come over as you're starting your lunch break or about to wrap up for the day. Since you're already working from home, you can set up beers-with-the-boys much quicker than if you had to commute from the real office first. It's also on your wallet - hanging out at your place or at a buddy's place is much cheaper than "going to the bar after work" (which are all shuttered now anyhow).

- Schedule your time - if you have the discipline. With commuting out of the way, you now have a few extra hours everyday to actually live. In addition, in the absence of your manager peeking over the cubicle, you now have more flexibility to do what you want while being on the company clock. Assuming that your work is project based, you can quickly bang out company work while using your remaining (paid) hours on personal/life projects. If you do this right, you're effectively being paid to self-improve - it doesn't get much better than that.

Would like to hear any other tips you guys have
(This post was last modified: 04-02-2020 11:34 AM by JiggyLordJr.)
04-02-2020 11:28 AM
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RE: Working from Home
Seriously thinking this coronavirus debacle could be used as a pretext for working from home permanently. There is lots of chatter between senior leaders in my company about corporate life changing- ie. people working from home permanently.

I would love to keep my current salary and be able to move to somewhere cheaper. There has never been a better time to ask for this. Hell I’d even take a 10-15% pay cut to get out of my city.
04-04-2020 11:00 PM
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RE: Working from Home
I have large hands, so typing on a laptop is challening for me. My company bought me a full size wireless keyboard though, which is nice. I also got a full size monitor to plug into my laptop.
04-05-2020 05:18 AM
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