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Working from Home for the First Time?

Advice from 13 years with a home office

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We’re in unprecedented times. Most of us, with the grace of technology and innovation, have been told to work from home due to COVID-19. I’ve had a home office since 2007 when I launched my event planning and consulting company. Here are some lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Have kids at home while you’re trying to work? My husband and I are splitting the day to referee our kids and *try* to keep them off screens as much as possible. I’m also planning to give them projects to work on with the same Pomodoro method. This is new territory for all of us, so I’m also working on having patience and grace with everyone around me.

What are your best work-from-home tips? Share in the comments below!

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Christy Wolff on Monday 03/16/2020 at 11:58AM wrote:

Thank you for the helpful guide, Sheila!

Once I prioritize a list, I find starting to tackle the toughest task first gives me momentum to be more productive—with the less challenging to-dos serving as a reward.

Gina DiNovo Studer on Tuesday 03/17/2020 at 04:00PM wrote:

Great tips Sheila! Let me know if you have any comfy office chair recommendations :) One thing that helps me is to screen personal calls while I'm working. This may sound harsh but if it's urgent (which it rarely is), I'll call them right back. With the kids home, I'm encouraging brain breaks and recess time. At school there are many transitions throughout the day, so we have to have to replicate their routine as best as we can. Good luck to all the work from home moms!

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