We are at the end of 2020, if you can believe it. Just felt like yesterday we were coasting along with little attention paid to some flu being mumbled about on TV, but 2020 progressed in ways that most of us couldn’t project and weren’t prepared for.

The good part? It taught us, whether that be small, significant, or sometimes funny ways.

Tips from 2020:

Remote work does not mean slow work. 

Having a stable W.F.H.(work from home) process is crucial.

Communication is key

But sometimes the lock is busted – over communication is great for staying on the same page, but most micromanaging 

environments had to learn to back up and allow their employees to work without the constant oversight. Miscommunication can sometimes come in the form of overcommunication. Having clear communication has been better than the quantity.

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Did everything you could to make sure your kid wasn’t addicted to TV?

Well, time to change that tune. Throw on some SpongeBob or Puppy Dog Pals – You can thank me later.

Your pets aren’t your friends.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a silent, furry animal around, but when I’m on the phone, the last thing I need to hear is the cat having a hairball.

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Wake up earlier than you intended

-so you can get the monotonous duties out of the way. Come into your home office with a clear head, not worrying about whether you moved the laundry over in time, dishes or done, floors swept, etc. Need a 15 min break from work? Okay, go do that, but make sure your work day and after hours are more free.

Not all internet/cell phone companies are equal.

Seriously, I discovered I have no internet/Wi-Fi signal in the left corner of my house. Spotty reception, but 4 bars on my phone in the downstairs bathroom. Weird.

Execution Is Key.

Determination is great. Ambition is wonderful. Knowledge is amazing. NONE of that matters if you don’t create, maintain, and enforce self-discipline. And execution is key.

Get active

 
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WFH has led to a lack of physical exertion. Not a good thing. Get moving, go on a walk, take the dog on a run, get a home gym, do YOUTUBE workout videos, etc. Depression and anxiety can arise even in the most stable minded individuals, so take care of your body and it will do wonders for your brain.

Make sure where you work is not a comfortable place.

I don’t mean that you need to work in your child’s playroom. Work in an area that you must walk to, close a door, and that is free of distractions – much like an office space. If you are too comfortable, it can turn into complacent. At the end of that workday, don’t go back in there. Keep work/home separate as much as possible.

Face to Face interaction is crucial.

Zoom conference every morning to start your day – it helps build an atmosphere that a person lacks if not at an office space. Kick your day off right by doing ZOOM meetings, or skype, or whatever you need to do to make sure you don’t feel like the last man on earth before you jump into your work.

Remove Social Media Distractions

Social media is entirely too easy to access and get lost in while at home. Make sure that your InstaTwitFaceChat is not always up and available to distract you.

2021 is coming, but circumstances will follow us from 2020, so let’s do what we need to do to get the new year off to the right start. 
Kevin Barkley
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Kevin Barkley

Senior Retained Recruiting Consultant

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