WFH Performance Tips & Hacks

Work from Home (WFH) is inevitable and mainstream. Let me gather and share all my tips/ hacks I have implemented to get the max performance while being enjoyable.

Invest in an affordable set-up:

  • Buy an Ergonomic chair. Your back will thank you.

  • A ring light if you do zoom call or conferences

  • Headphones (Noise cancellation ones if possible)

Wall of Separation or Isolation:

  • Make a dedicated room or area for work. If you don’t have a room, then put your desk facing a window or a wall, anywhere that you can’t be tempted to switch gears by visual cues. Isolate yourself to reduce distractions.

  • Close chat apps or use an app like Cold Turkey to block certain websites or time sinks.

  • Noise-canceling headphones are great for noisy environments (Also a signal not to be interrupted)

  • Avoid Habit triggers: If looking at your Playstation triggers you to play video games when you’re supposed to be working, then you need to remove those triggers to change your habits. Decipher what creates a system of distraction, and then work out how to effectively remove it

Mentality Shift:

  • Get Dressed. Change lounge clothes/pajamas/ short to work clothes or dress as if you are going out.

  • All US presidents have always worked from home, yet they all dress up in suits and tie and show up to "work" downstairs in full formal wear.

  • Create a work schedule & timing

  • Take walk after lunch and coffee break

Signal your family that you are in the work /DND zone. It could be like

  • Putting on headphones

  • Put a Sign on the door

  • Using a color-changing light bulb to signal that you’re in deep-work mode or a meeting

  • Or Just tell them beforehand

20-Second Rule / Add Barriers to activate

The 20-Second Rule dictates that activation energy is key for forming or breaking habits.

  • If you want to do something less, then increase the activation energy for it.

  • Put the power cords for your video games in a box, that way setting up takes at least 20 seconds, making it harder to continue the habit.

  • Conversely, if you want to do something more, then decrease the activation energy for it. Don’t keep your guitars in a case, leave them out around the house, so you can just pick up and play when you get the feeling. Figure out your barriers, then you can evaluate your habits and focus on doing what’s most productive.

Eisenhower Matrix:

Productivity, prioritization, and time-management framework designed to help you prioritize a list of tasks or agenda items by first categorizing those items according to their urgency and importance.

List down all the work and to-do lists in the quadrants.

Achieve more clarity in your work.

Set up for Accountability

  • Use Friends/ colleagues/ accountability partners for big projects if you need to.

  • Have a weekly meeting with like-minded individuals to discuss progress made or evaluate results.

  • Set Calendar for meetings weekly

  • There are extreme accountability apps like Beeminder for setting goals and using monetary incentives for motivation. You set your own metrics, and if you don’t complete them, then the app charges you money.

  • Regardless of what method you use, making yourself accountable for your progress is key to productivity.

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