Thanks to COVID-19, I’ve been working from home now since the first week in March. I share my remote “office” with wife, my son, and Nacho, our mongrel pup (who has been working from home pretty much since we adopted him in December).
I brought you a Thing.
As I have adapted to this new way of doing business, I have tried to pick up some best practices from anyone with recent work-from-home (WFH) expertise.
I can make the Thing squeak. [Squeaker-squeaker-squeak . . . SQUEEEEAK!] I can do this over and over and over and over and over. And over. [SQUEEEEAK!] Perhaps you have heard.
With these simple techniques you too can maximize both productivity and well-being while under quarantine. Based on my observations, I’ve come up with the following 11 WFH Tips and Tricks.
I chewed the Thing A LOT. My slobber makes it slimy. (So slimy.) And look! NOW your bare foot has noticed that I brought you a Thing!
- Don’t be discouraged by early failure. Keep trying different approaches until you achieve success.
I brought back the Thing. You and I will now play the game where you keep throwing it away and I keep bringing it back. For about an hour.
- Stay active. Physical activity is good for both heart and mind.
[PANT PANT PANT] I am still worried about the Thing. I will torment it with my powerful head-shaking submission move. It is terrified by my jangling collar! Fear the Fangs of Death, Thing!
- Sometimes it helps to step away from difficult problems. Return to them later when you can attack them with renewed vigor.
I have made you safe from the Thing. I brought you the Thing again so that you can see that you are safe from the Thing.
- Take time to share your successes with others. Don’t let isolation rob you of a well-earned celebration.
I placed the Thing on your keyboard so that you can see that I have made you safe from the Thing. Now you must try to extract it from the Fangs of Death. For another hour.
- Look for assignments you can really sink your teeth into. With the right attitude, just about any assignment can be fun.
[PANT PANT PANT] I could really use a nap. This nook by your chair where you usually put your feet looks like the best spot.
- Take an occasional break from whatever it is you’re working on. Choose a favorite place where you can let go of the tensions of the day.
I see that you have stepped over me to use the bathroom. I shall interrupt my nap to supervise. Good job!
- Make sure others feel supported in their work. And of course give praise where praise is due.
I have found another Thing! [Squeaker-squeaker-SQUEEEEAK!]
- Don’t hesitate to take on new assignments. Variety is its own reward.
I must disembowel this other Thing. I simply must. I shall lie down on your foot so that you can observe my surgical prowess. Look how much stuffing I am pulling from the body of this other Thing!
- Conquer difficult challenges with tenacity. Persistence pays off every time.
I placed my front paws on your laptop to let you know that it is now time for you to rub me the way that I like. And take me for a walk.
- Follow your impulses. When you have an itch, scratch it. Who knows where it might lead?
[PANT PANT PANT] I shall now chew on my stick which you say is gross and disgusting whenever you accidentally step on it.
- When you love your work, others will notice. Even if they do not fully understand it.
I brought you a Thing. . . .