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Tips & Tricks: Working from Home and Staying Productive

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Our company is already 100% remote and you may now find yourself working from home for the first time. Learn some of the tricks that we have developed over the years to stay productive as a remote worker.

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Tips & Tricks: Working from Home and Staying Productive

  1. 1. Working From Home Tips & Tricks to Be and Stay Productive as a Remote-Worker
  2. 2. Have a Routine
  3. 3. Have a Routine 1. Wake up (early?) 2. Make the bed 3. Get dressed 4. Do some pushups 5. Hydrate 6. Walk to the coffee shop 7. Listen to a podcast/news/book 8. Work (and breaks) 9. Lunch? 10. More work (and breaks) 11. Stop working 12. Workout?
  4. 4. Workspace
  5. 5. Workspace • Have a dedicated area • Set ground rules • Avoid anything personal • Have a strict cut-off time • Keep it clean • Choose your background noise • Avoid televisions/videos
  6. 6. Take Breaks
  7. 7. Take Breaks • Once an hour is ideal • 5-10 minute minimum • Go outside and stretch your legs • Take a quick walk • Do a quick chore • Watch a pet or nature video
  8. 8. Mmmmm… Food
  9. 9. Food • Be conscious of your snacks/snacking • Try the MyFitnessPal app • Avoid snacking if you can • Stay hydrated • Don’t over-do it  • Have a schedule
  10. 10. Software
  11. 11. Software: Communication • Use a camera whenever possible • Software Options Include: • Slack: https://slack.com/ • Join.me: https://join.me/ • Zoom: https://zoom.us/ • Free Conference Call: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/ • Skype: https://www.skype.com/
  12. 12. Software: Communication • Tips: • Reboot each morning • Connect early • Block time before/after meetings • Use webcam covers when not on a call • Pause/close high-bandwidth apps during calls • Avoid using wifi • Use a headset • Call in on your phone • Video call instead of chat • Stay muted • Reboot if moving from one online conference call software to another
  13. 13. Software: Time-Tracking • Mostly for your benefit • Helps to validate remote working later • Helps you understand where/how you spend your time • Tools • Toggl: https://toggl.com/ • Clockify: https://clockify.me/ • Harvest: https://www.getharvest.com/
  14. 14. Software: VPN • Adds security • Helps to protect your home network • Check with your work • VPN Providers Include: • ExpressVPN: https://www.expressvpn.com/ • NordVPN: https://nordvpn.com/ • PureVPN: https://www.purevpn.com/ • Norton Secure VPN: https://us.norton.com/products/norton-secure- vpn
  15. 15. Software: Virtual Phone Number • Avoid giving out your cell phone number • Get a work phone/phone number for home • Call Hippo: https://callhippo.com/ • Google Voice: https://voice.google.com/ • MightyCall: https://www.mightycall.com/ • WhatsApp: https://www.whatsapp.com/
  16. 16. Bonus Tips!
  17. 17. Bonus Tips! • Protect yourself (don’t work around the clock) • Over-communicate with everyone • Update/upgrade your router
  18. 18. Upendo Ventures Summary • Have a workspace • Take breaks • Have a routine • Get your software settled • Track your time (and review it) • Use a virtual phone number • Be secure • Get help, if you need it We use technology to help your business change people’s lives UpendoVentures.com solutions@upendoventures.com (650) 381-9160 548 Market St. #65401 San Francisco, CA 94104

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