A Blueprint for Remote Work

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Needless to say, there is a huge uptick in people working from home. This isn’t the ideal conditions to have your whole team suddenly working remote, but you can put the odds in your favour by learning from those who have been doing it for a long time. With that in mind, I searched Twitter and my RSS feeds to find the most useful articles to build good remote work habits.

Home Office Setup

James Beswick took a picture of his office setup with everything he needs to be effective while working from home. The number one thing from his list for me? Daylight.

This article from Business Insider lists some of the best tools you can buy to make your desk more comfortable. I’ve got a few of these items myself, notably the MX Master mouse, Logitech Pro cam, and Bose noise-cancelling headphones. They all go a long way to making me more effective in their own way.

Learning from other’s experience

From knowing how to get in and out of the zone, how to make sure work still happens, and working with distributed teams, Phil Haack’s series of posts covers the basics that everyone should know.

The most comprehensive list of dos and donts of remote work can be found in Scott Hanselman’s article from last week. If you read only one article about remote work, make sure it’s that one.

I’ve been finding it hard to resist constantly checking the news. A few days ago, I installed a site blocker in Chrome that limits the time I spend looking at the news. It’s gone a long way to improve my mental health.

Now that daycares are closed, my wife and I have set a fixed schedule for when one of is working, while the other is primary care giver for our son. It lets us do some focused work and plan meetings without worrying that we’ll have to reschedule at the last minute.

Remote Work IT Contingency Plan

Kinetix have put together a list of things that should be considered by your IT team to make remote work smooth for everyone impacted by current world events.

Above all else, don’t forget to check your VPN concurrent connection limit!

My Home Office Setup

Finally, I thought I’d share a picture of my own space, customized so that my two year old son can play nearby while I work, since his daycare is closed for the next two weeks.


Did you find the information you were looking for? Is there something missing from this article that would make it more useful to you? Do you have a follow-up question? Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or LinkedIn. I’d be glad to help out.


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