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Neil: "how I’m making working from home a little less dull"
25 Jan 2021
by Neil

Like most people in professional services I’ve found myself working from home for the foreseeable future. 

It would all be being a bit tiresome jumping from one video conference to another if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m utilising some of the best practices we teach during the techtimeout accreditation programme. 

I thought i’d share a couple of our techtimeout best practice examples with you...

I practice the Pomodoro technique (read more here). My meetings generally run for no more than 30 minutes after which I make sure I have a 5 to 10 minutes break. What do I do in my 5-10 minute break? 

here are just some of the things I can squeeze into 10 minutes...

  • Read some pages of a book
  • Tidy the little ones toys up
  • Stick the washing on
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Run the hoover round
  • A quick walk round the block (1 lap is just under 10 mins and gives me 1300 steps).

it’s true what they say - out of sight really is out of mind...

I also make sure that when I am focusing on a piece of work - like writing our business plan - my phone goes in my techtimeout bag. 

My guess is we’ve got at least two more months in lockdown and that’s plenty of time for anyone to practice some of the tools and techniques we teach. A brilliant place to start is to take part in our techtimeout10 challenge. At techtimeout we see who can last the longest without reaching for the bag.

Hope that’s given you some insight into how I’m making working from home a little less dull as well as a suggestion how to start a virtual workplace challenge.

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