In just a couple of weeks, the entire working world has shifted from cushty office spaces to kitchen tables. And it may never go back, it’s a bell that can’t be unrung. A shakeup that will see leadership teams considering entirely new operational structures.
In a complete 180, companies may de-densify and rethink the open-plan office to create the physical distance employees will expect creating a choice: send more people to work from home permanently or get a bigger office? Many will choose to downsize their leases and look for more flexible office space.
Will the office suddenly become a signal that “hey, this is a company doing well, they’ve got cash to splash”? Suddenly, it becomes a feature in the benefits section of job ads — and it’s not just the beanbags or ping pong table this time. Rather than free fruit and beer fridges companies looking to hire the best talent will advertise their methods of ensuring their employees WFH set up is fit for purpose.
Perks include providing new hires with better cameras and headsets, paying for faster internet, and supplying top-notch office chairs. Going to the office is now a joyous experience, rare and exciting. A chance to catch up with colleagues, laugh at mistakes and celebrate wins. A time for letting go and chatting with colleagues who normally only get to see your game-face on zoom. In a world where contact with your colleagues is limited to video calls, instant chat, and project management platforms, does the office become a great humaniser and a place of comfort? We’ll see.
This week’s dose of tools and tips are designed to enhance your WFH experience.
Slash — This app only lets you do one thing at a time. The aim? Maximum productivity. Notifications are coming in thicker and faster than ever now everyone’s at home and it can be hard to know when to switch off. Use slash to eradicate interruptions and win back your time so you can have a guilt-free, animal crossing filled evening.
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Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.
I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...
Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.
And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.
The cognitive load is real, y'all.
But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.
Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.
The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.
Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.
And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.
Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.
Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.
When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.
Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.
By taking this 10-min test I can set myself up for success