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Chapter 21 - Home setup

How to set up your work environment at home and not go nuts.

Set up your work environment at home

  • Usually open but when focused

  • Close the door

  • Children complicate things

    • Should go to School

    • Maximize time when they’re not there

      • Plan deep work then
    • When kids are sick it’s a problem

  • Children can open door themselves

    • Talk to them

    • Signs that busy

    • IKEA light

  • Dedicated work computer

    • iMac is my work

    • MacBook is for fun

  • Height-regulated desk is cool

    • IKEA desk

    • I love standing

    • About half-day of work standing

  • The same room as sleeping sucks

    • But when the bed gets folded to sofa, so it’s OK

    • Good to have a dedicated work corner

  • My home office evolution throughout the years

  • Special Fridays

    • Cafe on Friday

    • To be around people

    • To switch environments

    • To make this day special

  • In promptu meetings on Zoom?

    • Cafe Friday

    • Set up zoom

    • Same time every Friday

  • Silos with a friend

    • Doesn’t make us more productive

    • Helps work together and be with someone

    • Once a week or every two weeks

  • Clear boundaries between work and life

    • Figure out the way to do this yourself

    • Communication channels must be clearly stated

    • Define what’s emergency and what’s just info (slack vs iMessage)

  • Foods

    • Do breakfast

    • And prepare lunch already

  • Working hours

    • Evening - 1-2 hours because kids are asleep

      • Quiet because people are away
    • Lunch 14-15

      • Some people have 2 hour lunch breaks to also run some errands

      • Very often we adjust to people who work in “traditional” offices

    • Lunch nap is useful

      • When I’m feeling bad, I just fall asleep

      • Later in the evening I’m working to take it back

    • There’s no pressure to work 9-5

      • So taking it easy and if I don’t have to work continuously - I can take breaks

      • But then have to make up for them in the evening.

    • Half-time work

      • Professor at the University

      • Individual lessons

      • Prioritize the work that’s stable

    • Quarterly review is helpful

      • Reviewing journaling

      • Seeing how much we work

      • Adjusting and learning from mistakes

  • Trust is contagious

    • We want to work full 8 hours

    • We don’t want to “cheat” the system even though we can because nobody’s watching

  • One thing:

    • Create a great work environment at home with clear boundaries - be vigilant to see what works and what doesn’t. Constantly tweak your settings

    • Further reading?

Next: Chapter 22 - Work-life balance

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