Working from home due to the corona virus?
Time for the first blog post in a long time. I have been busy with family related issues and also trying to figure out what and how to do with my online business adventures. Now all is clear to me and I am ready to get going from home, like most of you all out there.
I am currently in Sweden and the hope for returning to normal life in the near future is very low due to the poor Swedish handling of the virus, so as it seems this is the way life will be and it is better to get used to it early and find ways to work productive from day one.
Compared to what others are going through working from home in a bit uncomfortable ways is nothing and I am happy to accept it.
Big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter announced a long time ago that the majority of their employees will work from home for the foreseeable future. In Sweden Spotify was one of the first big ones to let their employees work from home.
Hoping that all big and small companies worldwide will be able to ride this out and come back without losing too much.
The biggest struggles working from home is loneliness, managing time and communication with colleagues. Another issue in some countries is that schools are shut down so parents need to juggle the time between company and family priorities. The situation is tough for many but finding a clear strategy that works can help you make it through.
The first simple thing is to find out what type of technology can make it easier for you to work from home.
A comfortable wireless mouse is my top pick. Find one with ergonomic design and one that also allows you to customize the functions of its buttons and speed of the scroll wheel. A good mouse will help you limit the amount of wrist and hand fatigue.
A wireless full-size keyboard might be a good idea if you are, like many, working from a laptop. Chose a wireless one to avoid making your home office cluttered by a bunch of cables.
Obviously a good quality web camera is another key accessory for your home office. I
recommend Logitech C922 Pro Stream webcam combined with the software ChromaCam, this combo will let you change any background to one solid color. It can be good to have this function so your colleagues don't need to see the mess behind you.
What's your favourite accessory to make working from home easier? How do you balance work and family life when being at home? Is it difficult for you to divide your time between work and helping your kids with their online learning? Let me know. I am sure we all can learn something useful from each other to get through this tough situation.